How Japan's discovery of a large northern island devastated the island's native population - and how Japan lost control when Russia muscled in.
How Japan's samurai resistance fell to the pressure of history - and how its founder went from hatred traitor to respected leader.
The story of the samurai who fought the rise of modern Japan to the end - and who, when all else failed, founded his own nation-state.
He remade Japan, not with a sword, but with his wits. Read more about how a low ranking samurai brought down the Shogunate.