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The Great Peace In Kyushu

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Besides tourism the main pillar of Nagasaki's economy is the shipbuilding industry, as shown by the docks of the Mitsubishi Shipyard that dominate the Akunoura shore at the foot of Mt Inasa. In the generations following the Battle of Sekigahara, officials in Edo could defend the political legitimacy of the new regime by citing what became known as the 'Great Peace' (taihei) of the Tokugawa shogunate, often referred to also as the 'Pax Tokugawa'. Under the influence of first Hideyoshi and then the Tokugawa regime, Japan became a militarized society adapted for peacetime control. In the early nineteenth century renewed concerns over defence and security led to wider interest in fields with a military application, among them navigation, gunnery and chemistry. In late Tokugawa society intellectual developments were reflected in the growing numbers of privately-run specialist academies that appeared mainly in cultural centres.

Keywords: Battle of Sekigahara; Hideyoshi; Kyushu; Mitsubishi Shipyard; Mt Inasa; Nagasaki; Pax Tokugawa; Tokugawa rule



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