Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan / Edition 1

Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan / Edition 1

by Karl F. Friday
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415329620

ISBN-13: 9780415329620

Pub. Date: 12/29/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Karl Friday, an internationally recognised authority on Japanese warriors, provides the first comprehensive study of the topic to be published in English. This work incorporates nearly twenty years of on-going research and draws on both new readings of primary sources and the most recent secondary scholarship.

It overturns many of the stereotypes that have

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Overview

Karl Friday, an internationally recognised authority on Japanese warriors, provides the first comprehensive study of the topic to be published in English. This work incorporates nearly twenty years of on-going research and draws on both new readings of primary sources and the most recent secondary scholarship.

It overturns many of the stereotypes that have dominated views of the period. Friday analyzes Heian -, Kamakura- and Nambokucho-period warfare from five thematic angles. He examines the principles that justified armed conflict, the mechanisms used to raise and deploy armed forces, the weapons available to early medieval warriors, the means by which they obtained them, and the techniques and customs of battle.

A thorough, accessible and informative review, this study highlights the complex casual relationships among the structures and sources of early medieval political power, technology, and the conduct of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415329620
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/29/2003
Series:
Warfare and History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The meaning of war19
2The organization of war34
3The tools of war63
4The science of war102
5The culture of war135
Epilog164
Notes169
References and bibliography199
Index231

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