Was Takeda Katsuyori (武田勝賴) really responsible for the fall of Takeda ?

Was Takeda Katsuyori (武田勝賴) really responsible for the fall of Takeda ?

  • Absolutely, he was entirely the cause of the fall of Takeda !

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  • He should be largely blamed for the fall of Takeda

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  • In small extent, he was responsible for the fall of Takeda

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  • No, it's utterly not his fault !

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  • I'm not sure

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  • Total voters
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Jul 2018
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Hong Kong
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Was Takeda Katsuyori (武田勝賴) really responsible for the fall of Takeda ?

Was Takeda Katsuyori really responsible for the fall of the Takeda clan of Kai ?
Please vote your answer and state your explanation.


Guideline

The main factors that were generally regarded as the cause of the fall of Takeda :

1. AD 1575 crushing defeat at Nagashino that weakened the Takeda clan's military capability
2. AD 1578 diplomatic crisis involved with the Uesugi civil war that turned the powerful Hojo clan from ally to enemy
3. AD 1581 failure to rescue Takatenjin castle caused huge distrust among the Takeda vassal lords
4. AD 1582 construction of new capital (Shinpu) incurred vast hatred and discontent among the Takeda vassal lords by excessive financial burden

The factors that were less noted by many people :

1. Takeda Shingen's negative legacy (poor economic management, overly expansionism policy, atrocious rule...etc)
2. The Medieval-feudalism-type power structure of the Takeda clan
3. The internal discord and power struggle within the Takeda clan

Myth : was Takeda Katsuyori really an "incapable" and "foolhardy" leader ?

1. Re-analyze Katsuyori's military exploits and failure
2. Study Katsuyori's administrative talents after Nagashino

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In fact, even Oda Nobunaga deemed Katsuyori as a "dangerous enemy" (he admitted this fact through a letter written to Uesugi Kenshin). Katsuyori carved the greatest extent of territories for the Takeda clan — another less-known fact. Nowadays, many Japanese historians reviewed Katsuyori's characters, policies and leadership, had made the far much fairer conclusion and completely shattered the "Shingen myth" we're drowned in so long, so far.

It's time to correct our understanding to this man who burdened so much pressure and paid so much effort for defending his clan. It's time to relinquish the stupid myth that Takeda Shingen was extraordinarily great in everything that brought his clan to the pinnacle of power while his son Katsuyori was grossly incompetent for everything that ruined the powerful clan.

In my viewpoint, Takeda Katsuyori was responsible for the fall of Takeda clan, not because of his incapability or foolishness, but he's destined to safeguard his own clan and sustain its bloodline. This was his duty as the clan leader of the Takeda clan of Kai.
 
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