The Mongol Invasions of Japan in 1274 and 1281 were pivotal events that shocked the national consciousness, altered the course of history, and spelled the beginning of the end for the Kamakura Shogunate.
The story of how the invasions unfolded and the ways in which samurai warriors responded with a combination of bravery, innovation, and a bit of divine intervention is fascinating.
Aside from this outstanding video from History Dose, you can discover the rich details of this harrowing true story with Genko Kassenki: Battle Record of the Mongol Invasions.
– Cartwright, Mark. “The Mongol Invasions of Japan, 1274 & 1281 CE.” Ancient History Encyclopedia, Ancient History Encyclopedia, 2 July 2019, www.ancient.eu/article/1415/the-mongol-invasions-of-japan-1274–1281-ce/.
– Conlan, Thomas. In Little Need of Divine Intervention: Takezaki Suenaga’s Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan. East Asia Program, Cornell University, 2001.
– “Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281.” Princeton University, The Trustees of Princeton University, digital.princeton.edu/mongol-invasions/map/index.html.
– “Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan.” Princeton University, The Trustees of Princeton University, digital.princeton.edu/mongol-scrolls/.
– Friday, Karl F. Samurai, Warfare & the State in Early Medieval Japan. Routledge, 2005.
– Turnbull, Stephen R., and Richard Hook. The Mongol Invasions of Japan, 1274 and 1281. Osprey Publishing, 2010.
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