::OTHER TOPICS ::
While I’m becoming known by many as a scholar of the Bakumatsu period, I have interests in other periods of Japanese and world history, as well.
Some of these include:
*Takenaka Hanbei, the eminent strategist of the 16th-century Saito clan. Who was he? Why were his strategies so successful? How did he adapt in his role as a strategist for Hashiba Hideyoshi?
*Kato Kiyomasa, the blacksmith’s son turned daimyo lord. What gave him his reputation of “Devil” in Korea? What were the details of his connection to Nichiren Buddhism?
*Matsudaira Tadayoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu’s little-known fourth son.
*The different branches of the Matsudaira clan of Mikawa. Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Anjo-Matsudaira may have become famous, but what of the others? What were their roles in the pre-Warring States and Warring States era, and what became of them in the Edo Period? Did they always see eye to eye? UPDATE: Branches of the Mikawa-Matsudaira Clan, and basic information on each, available here
*Hori Hidemasa, one of Hideyoshi’s generals.
*The origins of the Matsumae clan, who rose from origins in the Takeda of Wakasa Province to become the ruling family of Ezochi (modern-day Hokkaido).
*The life and times of Amakusa Shiro Tokisada.
Non-Japanese topics include:
*The life and work of Diana Agabeg Apcar, first and only Armenian ambassador to Japan.
*The orations of the Roman senator and lawyer Marcus Tullius Cicero.
*The life of the 5th century Armenian general Samuel Mamigonian.
*The history of the American Revolutionary War.
*Roman battlefield tactics.
*Forgotten history of World War II.
*The Hittite language and its influence upon Armenian and Greek.