Heavenly Warriors / Edition 1

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Overview

"In a government, military matters are the essential thing," said Japan's "Heavenly Warrior," the Emperor Temmu, in 684. Heavenly Warriors traces in detail the evolutionary development of weaponry, horsemanship, military organization, and tactics from Japan's early conflicts with Korea up to the full-blown system of the samurai. Enhanced by illustrations and maps, and with a new preface by the author, this book will be indispensable for students of military history and Japanese political history.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Asian Studies
Farris advances our understanding of Japan's military enormously.
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

Wayne Farris's Heavenly Warriors...is a challenging re-interpretation of Japan's early military history and warrior tradition...[It] is both polemical and thought provoking. It is detailed and based on extensive reading of Japanese primary and secondary materials.
— Martin Collcutt

Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies - Martin Collcutt
Wayne Farris's Heavenly Warriors...is a challenging re-interpretation of Japan's early military history and warrior tradition...[It] is both polemical and thought provoking. It is detailed and based on extensive reading of Japanese primary and secondary materials.
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
Wayne Farris's Heavenly Warriors...is a challenging re-interpretation of Japan's early military history and warrior tradition...[It] is both polemical and thought provoking. It is detailed and based on extensive reading of Japanese primary and secondary materials.
— Martin Collcutt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674387041
  • Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center, Publiications PRG
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs , #157
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 522
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

William Wayne Farris is Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Origins of Weapons, War, and Japan's Early Military, 500-645 11
Japan's Earliest Military Technology 12
Japan's Earliest Military Organization 23
2 Obeying the Imperial Command: The Military from 645 to 770 33
Forging the New Chinese-Style System 34
The Chinese-Style System of 702 47
Horse-Raising in the Eighth Century 57
The Revolt of Fujiwara no Hirotsugu and the Provincial Military 60
Fujiwara no Nakamaro and Military Power in the Capital 69
3 War in the Northeast and Technological Remedies, 770-900 81
Prelude to the Wars in Northeastern Japan, Origins to 774 82
The Wars in Northeastern Japan, 774-812 90
Character and Effects of the Northeastern Wars 97
Pruning the Taiho System 104
The Crossbow and Japan's Defense in the Ninth Century 113
4 From External Defense to Internal Peacekeeping, 850-950 120
Growing Domestic Violence and Reforms in the Military System 121
The Revolt of Taira no Masakado 131
Rebellions East and West 142
Masakado, Sumitomo, and the Evolution of the Middle Heian Military System 150
5 The "Missing Link": The Military of the Middle Heian Era, 950-1050 163
The Military System of the Capital, 942-1050 164
The Military System of the Provinces, 942-1050 177
The Rebellion of Taira no Tadatsune and Reform of the System of 900- 1050 192
6 Warriors and Land, 1050-1150 204
The Late Heian Era: An Overview 206
The Late Heian Era: Case Studies 215
The Military in the Former Nine Years' War, 1051-1062 223
The Latter Three Years' War: An Illegal Campaign 233
Raising an Army in the Late Heian Period: Taira no Tadamori and the Pirates of the Inland Sea 241
7 The Quest for Independence and Political Skills, 1150-1185 252
The Taira's Road to Power and the Capital Military 254
The Hogen War of 1156 263
The Disturbances of 1159 270
The Taira and the Late Heian Military System, 1160-1185 273
The Great Civil War of 1180-1185 289
Japan's Military, 1180-1185 297
8 Japanese Feudalism Reconsidered, 1185-1300 311
The Kamakura Military in Action 313
Counting Warriors 335
A Warrior's Income 343
Conclusions 355
Appendix Tables 381
1 Resources used in the Wars in the Northeast: Men 383
2 Resources used in the Wars in the Northeast: Materiel 385
3 Numbers of Strong Fellows (kondei) in Japan, 792-905 388
4 Taira Military Expeditions, 1177-1180 390
5 Figures for Armies during the Great Civil War of 1180-1185 392
Notes 399
Bibliography 443
Glossary 465
Index 471
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