The Imjin War by Samuel Hawley
Japan's Sixteenth-Century Invasion of Korea and Attempt to Conquer China

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In May of 1592, nearly three hundred and fifty years before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese dictator Toyotomi Hideyoshi sent a 158,800-man army aboard a thousand ships from Kyushu to Pusan on Korea's southern tip. Its objective: to conquer Korea, then China and then the whole of Asia.The Imjin War is the most comprehensive account ever published in English on this important event, so little known in the West. It begins with the political and cultural background of Korea, Japan, and China, discusses the diplomatic breakdown that led to the war, describes every major incident and battle from 1592 to 1598, and introduces a fascinating cast of characters along the way: Hideyoshi himself, Korea's admiral Yi Sun-sin, Chinese commander Zhao Chengxun, and kisaeng Chu Non-gae.

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Published November 30, 2005 by Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch. 700 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction