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The Samurai Capture a King: Okinawa 1609 [NOOK Book]

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A brilliant but little-known operation, the Shimazu clan raid on the independent kingdom of Ryukyu (modern Okinawa) in 1609 is one of the most extraordinary episodes in samurai history and the culmination of centuries of rivalry between the two powers. The defeat of the Shimazu at Sekigahara in 1600, and their need to win favour with the new Shogun, led them to hatch an audacious plot to attack the islands on the Shogun’s behalf and bring back the king of Ryukyu as a hostage. Stephen Turnbull gives a blow-by-blow...
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The Samurai Capture a King: Okinawa 1609

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Overview

A brilliant but little-known operation, the Shimazu clan raid on the independent kingdom of Ryukyu (modern Okinawa) in 1609 is one of the most extraordinary episodes in samurai history and the culmination of centuries of rivalry between the two powers. The defeat of the Shimazu at Sekigahara in 1600, and their need to win favour with the new Shogun, led them to hatch an audacious plot to attack the islands on the Shogun’s behalf and bring back the king of Ryukyu as a hostage. Stephen Turnbull gives a blow-by-blow account of the operation, from the daring Shimazu amphibious landing, to their rapid advance overland, and the tactical feigned retreat that saw the Shimazu defeat the Okinawan army and kidnap their king in spectacular fashion. With a detailed background and specially commissioned artwork, the scene is set for a dramatic retelling of this fascinating raid.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780962276
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Series: Raid , #6
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 796,690
  • File size: 30 MB
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Meet the Author

Stephen Turnbull is recognized as one of the world's foremost military historians of the medieval and early modern periods. He first rose to prominence as a result of his 1977 book, The Samurai: A Military History. Since then he has achieved an equal fame in writing about European military subjects and has had 30 books published. He has always tried to concentrate on the less familiar areas of military history, in particular such topics as Korea, Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, and the Teutonic Knights. Stephen is currently acting as Historical Advisor for the 2012 Universal Pictures movie The Forty-Seven Ronin starring Keanu Reeves. (LONGER VERSION if rquired?) Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University. In 1996 he received a PhD from Leeds for his work on Japanese religious history. He travels extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognized by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. In 2008 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University in Japan. Stephen Turnbull currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion and History at Leeds University and freelance writing. Stephen is currently acting as Historical Advisor for the 2012 Universal Pictures movie The Forty-Seven Ronin starring Keanu Reeves.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Origins 6

Ryukyu and Okinawa 6

Rivalry for Ryukyu 7

The Shimazu Daimyo 10

Initial Strategy 14

Sources for the Raid 14

Army Leadership 15

Army Organisation and Troop Numbers 17

Arms and Armour 21

The Plan 28

The Shimazu Strategy 28

Defensive Preparations 28

The Raid 30

The Battle for the Amami Islands 30

The Battle for Northern Okinawa 32

The Advance Overland 39

The Advance by Sea 40

The Fall of Shuri Castle 44

A King's Ransom 52

Analysis 55

The Scapegoat 56

The Peaceful Kingdom 56

Conclusion 59

Glossary 60

Further Reading 62

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