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

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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.

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'Friday's book is elegantly written, well informed on Japanese research, and backed by abundant quotes from the relevant original sources. His frequent comparisons with European history are well chosen, his arguments convincing.' - Monumenta Nipponica
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415329637
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/29/2003
  • Series: Warfare and History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 847,053
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl F. Friday is a professor of Japanese History at the University of Georgia. A specialist in classical and early medieval Japanese history, he has also written widely on samurai culture and Japanese warrior traditions.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The meaning of war 19
2 The organization of war 34
3 The tools of war 63
4 The science of war 102
5 The culture of war 135
Epilog 164
Notes 169
References and bibliography 199
Index 231
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