Given that this series has one of the better ties to Japanese history, i thought, since i was teaching a couple other people about Japan's history, that i might create a thread here that gives a better look into the world of the Edo Period of Japan. From 24th March, 1603, to 3rd May, 1868. I figure that as the time comes i can give more and more ties into Rurouni Kenshin, but ill start with general Japanese history, as well as some of the systems and other important features of this unique period in Japanese History, in fact, World History. This, of course must start with the Sengoku Jidai, the time period before the Edo Jidai. The Sengoku Jidai was a time of upheaval and social unrest, as well as near constant conflict that stemmed from the Onin War that raged from 1467 to 1477. This war was fought from economic distress and the need for a Shogunal sucessor. This period of strife would last nearly 200 years, and engulfed the entire country of Japan into bitter civil war. Towards the end, the three main Daimyo that would come out, would be Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. Oda Nobunaga was the first of the three great Daimyo, his siezure of power would be like an iron fist, binding the country together. After his death at the hands of his most trusted General, Akechi Mitsuhide, Toyotomi Hideyoshi began to take control of what was left of Nobunaga's army's and eventually would conquer most of Japan. His rule was of enlightenment and art, and he was considered the peaceful leader, to Nobunaga's iron rule. Following two ill fated attempts to conquer China through Korea, Toyotomi Hideyoshi died from ill health. His young son, Hideyori, lacked the ability to hold power that his father once did, and soon Tokugawa Ieyasu rose up, leading to the Battle of Sekigahara, where some 160,000 men fought, with Tokugawa taking the reigns of power and having total control over Japan, as the Seitai Shogun, the Barbarian Conquering General. This would be the beginning of The Edo Jidai, starting in 1603 when Ieyasu, officially founded his Shogunate, or government of the Shogun. This of course is a brief history of the Sengoku, but none the less important. It was what laid the foundation for the way the Edo Jidai was created, and it also had great influence over the systems and government that the Tokugawa would create in order to rule for more than 250 years in peace.