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- Les Paterson
Graduated with a degree in History at San Diego State University. Also studied in Japan at Gifu University with the emphasis on the Sengoku/Oda Nobunaga Era. Mr. Paterson is the author of the book Oda Nobunaga: The Battle of Okehazama. He enjoys traveling to Japan and soccer.
アメリカ在住。San Diego State Universityで「日本の歴史」を学び、岐阜大学では「織田信長」と「戦国時代」について学んだ。「Oda Nobunaga: The Battle of Okehazama」の著者でもある。
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The past month or so I have been thinking about Nobunaga and Mikawa.
Could he have had Mikawa all to himself after the Battle of Okehazama?
The answer is highly possible if he wanted to. The Matsudaira family was not in good
shape before they allied themselves with the Imagawa and after Okehazama.
Nobunaga’s father Nobuhide had some success against the Matsudaira in 1540s and
taking a chunk of Mikawa. All this while Owari was not fully unified. The Matsudaira
finally pushed back until they had help from the Imagawa. The situation changed for
the worse when Ieyasu’s father was murdered in 1549. The Matsudaira house was at its weakest.
An earlier post on Oda Nobuhide and Mikawa.
After the Battle of Okehazama, Nobunaga had success against the Matsudaira.
He attacked Umegatsubo and Yakusa Castles with a victory. Young Ieyasu
had to be horrified about the situation. The Matsudaira house and Mikawa
Province was not even close to being unified. To make matters even worse,
if Nobunaga launched a full scale attack on Mikawa, Ieyasu knew full well he
would not receive outside support. In fact, I believe Nobunaga would have
easily taken Mikawa. However, it did not happen because Nobunaga and
Ieyasu made peace and created one of the more successful alliances in
Sengoku history. Besides Nobunaga giving away his daughter to the
Tokugawa made him the senior partner between the two houses, I believe
his military and economic strength made a huge difference as well.
Nobunaga no tame!
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