But stability came at a price: for nearly 250 years, Japan was a land closed to the Western world, ruled by the shogun under his absolute power and control. <em>Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire</em> brings to life the unknown story of a mysterious empire, its relationship with the West, and the forging of a nation that would emerge as one of the most important countries in the world.
<strong>The Way of the Samurai</strong>. Tokugawa Ieyasu unifies Japan and establishes a dynasty that will rule Japan for over 250 years.
<strong>The Will of the Shogun</strong>. The grandson of Ieyasu, Tokugawa Iemitsu, tightens control over Japan’s warlords and expels all foreigners.
<strong>The Return of the Barbarians</strong>. Isolated from the West, 18th century Edo flourishes culturally and economically, becoming one of the liveliest cities in the world. But foreign forces are coming.