Examining Japanese Primary Sources

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Joey Newman 1 February 2008 HIST 388B Professor Spafford Critical Analysis of Hojo Soun’s Twenty-One Articles After living most of his first 60 years in service to diplomats and warlords as an executive officer type, Hojo Sous would ultimately lead his own military campaign and establish regional Kanto states; the organizational structure of which would become the backbone of the Tokugawa period. Personal accomplishments aside, I will attempt to interpret the various codes contained within his Twenty-One Articles of his Code of Conduct. It’s important to note that historians cannot conclude if Hojo Sous himself wrote this code of conduct. Lord Hojo’s Twenty-One articles present a code of conduct detailing the expectations of self as well as subordinates. The format of the articles follow a loose daily schedule beginning first with a recognition and tribute to 1 Buddha before entering the processes of the day. Looking closely at the first article in comparison with the other 20, one would notice that its one, if not the, shortest article. Likewise, the first article is also regarding possibly one of the most important fascists of a commoner’s life, their faith. The comparatively dry, and short written dedication to Buddha may suggest 2 that Hojo Sous may not have been a very religious figure, but rather a leader who may have
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