Pirate of the Far East: 811-1639

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Feared throughout the Far East, Japanese pirates were likened to 'black demons' and 'flood dragons'. For centuries, relations between Japan, Korea and China were carried out through a bizarre trinity of war, trade and piracy. The piracy, which combined the other elements in a violent blend of free enterprise, is the subject of this original and exciting book. Stephen Turnbull vividly recreates the pirates' daily lives, from legitimate whaling and fishing trips to violent raids. He explores the bases and castles ...
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Overview

Feared throughout the Far East, Japanese pirates were likened to 'black demons' and 'flood dragons'. For centuries, relations between Japan, Korea and China were carried out through a bizarre trinity of war, trade and piracy. The piracy, which combined the other elements in a violent blend of free enterprise, is the subject of this original and exciting book. Stephen Turnbull vividly recreates the pirates' daily lives, from legitimate whaling and fishing trips to violent raids. He explores the bases and castles used by the pirates and uses eyewitness accounts and original artwork to give stunning descriptions of a vicious and brutal life.
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"Turnbull takes readers on a journey through the centuries of the Asian pirate. Using a variety of photographs, maps and color plats illustrated by Richard Hook, readers are immersed into the exciting, yet dangerous life of the pirate. Weapons, armor and tactics are described in great detail, yet remain easy to read." -Timothy Baghurst (April 2008)

"Author Stephen Turnbaull takes a look at the start of piracy in the area and concentrates on some of the more successful raids and pirate leaders... All of this is enhanced by period accounts and artwork... This book combines two favorite subjects - piracy and medieval Japan - into one superb volume that you won't want to miss." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (December 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846031748
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/20/2007
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: The World of the Pirate     4
Raiders and gentlemen
Samurai versus pirates
The first wako Half merchant - half pirate
Band of brothers
From sea dogs to sea lords
Chronology     25
Portrait of a Pirate     25
Appearance and costume
Equipment, arms and armour
The pirate ship
The Daily Life of the Pirates     36
Famine and raiding
The organization of a pirate band Pirate bases
Trading, smuggling and extortion
Campaign Life (1): The Mechanics of a Pirate Raid     45
Campaign Life (2): Defensive Measures Against Pirate Raids     48
Fortification
Armed resistance
Negotiation
The Wako's Experience of Battle     54
A domestic piracy campaign: the revolt of Fujiwara Sumitomo, 936-41
International action: Hu Dongxian and Xu Hai, 1556
Wako on the micro-level: the Tiger incident, 1605
Museums and Collections     61
Further Reading     62
Index     64
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