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.

I’ll get to all of this eventually, I hope. Check back for updates!

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