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The Last Samurai The Life and Battles of Saigō Takamori By Austin Kruisheer
Saigo Takamori (1828-1877) <ul><li>Originally from the illustrious Kikuchi clan of Higo who were known for their valiant s...
Fighting the Shogunate: the Meiji Restoration <ul><li>Saigō previously had supported the shogunate but learned to hate wha...
Meiji Bureaucrat <ul><li>Saigō became one of the councilors in the domain government and focused on the reform of Satsuma....
Satsuma Rebellion <ul><li>Faced with the central governments restriction of samurai privilege, Saigō sided with rebels and...
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The last samurai

  1. 1. The Last Samurai The Life and Battles of Saigō Takamori By Austin Kruisheer
  2. 2. Saigo Takamori (1828-1877) <ul><li>Originally from the illustrious Kikuchi clan of Higo who were known for their valiant service in defense. </li></ul><ul><li>Although born a full Samurai, Saigō grew up like a goshi (rural warrior). </li></ul><ul><li>Saigō was a great scholar throughout his life. </li></ul><ul><li>Helped to defeat the Shogunate </li></ul><ul><li>Went from an exile to a highly influential Meiji politician. </li></ul><ul><li>Died while fighting alongside rebel forces against the Imperial Army. </li></ul><ul><li>Considered to be the last true samurai. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Fighting the Shogunate: the Meiji Restoration <ul><li>Saigō previously had supported the shogunate but learned to hate what it stood for and looked to end their rule. </li></ul><ul><li>1/3/1868 Saigō and his allies began an attack on the shogunal military in a 3 day fight. </li></ul><ul><li>Although heavily outnumbered Saigō’s forced succeeded. </li></ul><ul><li>Even as a senior commander, Saigō fought on the front lines against the shogunal forces. </li></ul>Saigō (wearing the tall hat) is seen at one of the battles of the Meiji restoration
  4. 4. Meiji Bureaucrat <ul><li>Saigō became one of the councilors in the domain government and focused on the reform of Satsuma. </li></ul><ul><li>He offered a voice for the lower ranking samurai. </li></ul><ul><li>With widespread reform, the domain government in Satsuma offered an alternative to the large national government. </li></ul><ul><li>With all of the rigors of government, Saigō desired for military action. </li></ul><ul><li>After disputes over what to do with Korea, Saigō would resign from government. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Satsuma Rebellion <ul><li>Faced with the central governments restriction of samurai privilege, Saigō sided with rebels and fought the imperial government. </li></ul><ul><li>Saigō and his troops gained support from other traditional samurai groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Bloody fights left thousands on each side dead. </li></ul><ul><li>The widely outnumbered rebels retreaded and were eventually defeated. </li></ul><ul><li>Saigō would die after being hit in the hip with a bullet and eventually committing suicide. </li></ul><ul><li>There is much debate over how exactly Saigō died, some reports are in an honorable vein while others offer a much more grim picture. </li></ul>Saigō (center) and his troops at the Satsuma rebellion

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