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The Book of Samurai: The Warrior Class of Japan
     

The Book of Samurai: The Warrior Class of Japan

by Stephen R. Turnbull
 
Few countries has a warrior tradition as long and as exciting as that of Japan -- and it is embodied in one powerful and romantic figure: the loyal, self-sacrificing samurai. He is both a courageous swordsman and an aesthete. He is the commander on the battlefield, the keeper of the peace, the aristocratic administrator, and the avenger of his master.

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Few countries has a warrior tradition as long and as exciting as that of Japan -- and it is embodied in one powerful and romantic figure: the loyal, self-sacrificing samurai. He is both a courageous swordsman and an aesthete. He is the commander on the battlefield, the keeper of the peace, the aristocratic administrator, and the avenger of his master.

Here is the story of a class that ruled Japan for 700 years, covering such topics as:
-- Samurai organization and clans
-- Fighting strategies and accounts of battles
-- Weapons, armor, and ceremonial dress
-- The golden age of the shoguns
-- The Meiji Restoration and the decline of the samurai

Profusely illustrated with reproductions of artwork, line drawings, and photographs, this volume fully explores the colorful and violent warriors of Japan's feudal past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577172857
Publisher:
New Line Books
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.92(w) x 12.02(h) x 0.58(d)

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