(1543-1616). The warrior chieftain who, outwitting many of his major contemporaries and outliving and outprocreating the rest, survived Japan's late-16th-century wars of unification to set up the Tokugawa Shogunate. The achievement of Tokugawa Ieyasu was that by the time of his death he had brought peace and an unprecedented degree of unity to Japan and had provided a succession stable enough to withstand his passing. The era he began, the Tokugawa Period, lasted until 1867 and is considered one of the most important eras of all Japanese history. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)
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