First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado / Edition 1

First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado / Edition 1

by Karl Friday
     
 

ISBN-10: 047176082X

ISBN-13: 9780471760825

Pub. Date: 11/16/2007

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

A portrait of Japan's first significant samurai leader and his world

Was samurai warrior Taira Masakado a quixotic megalomaniac or a hero swept up by events beyond his control? Did he really declare himself to be the "New Emperor"? Did he suffer divine retribution for his ego and ambition? Filled with insurrections, tribal uprisings, pirate disturbances

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A portrait of Japan's first significant samurai leader and his world

Was samurai warrior Taira Masakado a quixotic megalomaniac or a hero swept up by events beyond his control? Did he really declare himself to be the "New Emperor"? Did he suffer divine retribution for his ego and ambition? Filled with insurrections, tribal uprisings, pirate disturbances, and natural disasters, this action-packed account of Masakado's insurrection offers a captivating introduction to the samurai, their role in 10th-century society, and the world outside the capital-a must-read for those interested in early Japan, samurai warfare, or the mystique of ancient warriors.

Karl Friday (Athens, GA) is a Professor of History at the University of Georgia. A renowned expert on the samurai and early Japanese history, he has authored four books and appeared on numerous A&E, History, and Discovery Channel programs. He is active on several Web forums.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471760825
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/16/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Acknowledgements.

1. Masakado and His Legacy.

Masakado's Legacy.

The First Samurai.

2. Masakado's World.

The Court and the Countryside.

Premise, Reality and Adjustment.

Tax Farmers, Princes and Bandits.

Alliances and Immigrants.

The Taira in the East.

3. Masakado and His Uncles.

The Alliance.

The Battle at Shimozuke Capital.

Yoshikane's Revenge.

4. New Enemies and New Friends.

The Feud with Sadamori.

The Quarrel in Musashi.

Ambushes and Raids.

Rainbows, Earthquakes and Bandits.

Conclusion.

5. Insurrection.

The Incident at the Hitachi Capital.

Lord of the Kant.

The Court's Response.

"Insurrections East and West".

Conclusion.

6. Apotheosis.

The Letter to Fujiwara Tadahira.

Rebellion or Redemption?

Miscreancy & Misfire in Hitachi.

Fujiwara Hidesato.

Blunder, Mishap and Rout.

The Final Reckoning.

Conclusion.

7. Epilogue.

Seeking Sumitomo.

And to the Victors.

Posterity.

Conclusion.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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