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This is introduction chapter of the book, which deals serially with the events of a reign: Nobunaga's entry onto the main stage of politics and signifies the emergence of a ruler whose power and glory grow constantly. It opens with a description of the state of affairs in Owari province and Mikawa province in the 1540s, discusses Nobuhide's death and funeral in 1552, and then continues his story with the young Oda Nobunaga's succession to the lordship, the political instability that ensued in Owari, and Nobunaga's arduous but in the end successful efforts not only to master the situation in that province but also expand his dominion into Mino. It also discusses the year when Nobunaga marched on Kyoto, installed his protégé Ashikaga Yoshiaki in the shogunate, and assumed a position of importance in the heartland of the Japanese body politic.

Keywords: Ashikaga Yoshiaki; Japanese; Kyoto; Lord Nobunaga; Mikawa province; Oda Nobuhide; Owari province; shogunate



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