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Warring States Period

The period from about 1467 until 1567 is the Warring States period (Sengoku period). Continual wars devastated large sections of the country, especially Kyoto, but also saw culture and a system of government emerge which was creative and attractive. The end of the 16th century saw more sporadic warfare on increasingly larger scale as various strong men reunited the country under a feudal system of government, society and economy: Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.