The Samurai (Elite Series 23): Warriors of Medieval Japan, 940-1600

Overview

Osprey's examination of Japan's Samurai warriors of the medieval period. Perhaps the greatest warriors in history, the Samurai were a product of a social system totally geared to war. The Samurai became expert in fighting both on horseback and on the ground. Their way of life was dictated by the code of Bushido or 'way of the warrior' and clad in their magnificent, multi-coloured armour they were perfectly suited to the violent clan and dynastic warfare that dominated medieval Japan as the most powerful families ...
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Overview

Osprey's examination of Japan's Samurai warriors of the medieval period. Perhaps the greatest warriors in history, the Samurai were a product of a social system totally geared to war. The Samurai became expert in fighting both on horseback and on the ground. Their way of life was dictated by the code of Bushido or 'way of the warrior' and clad in their magnificent, multi-coloured armour they were perfectly suited to the violent clan and dynastic warfare that dominated medieval Japan as the most powerful families vied for supremacy. In this title Anthony J Bryant presents a fascinating overview of these truly élite warriors.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A concise overview of Japanese history through the feudal years, with a glance at the class of Samurai, weapons and armour, and supplemented by an abundance of photographs, diagrams and illustrations." -Patty Papageorgiou, Historicus Forma (September 2005)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780850458978
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/28/1989
  • Series: Elite Series , #23
  • Edition description: Reprinted Edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 675,453
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Bryant is a historian specialising in medieval Japanese history. He graduated from Florida State University in 1983 with a degree in Japanese Area studies. He lived for some time in Tokyo and is a member of the Japan Armour and Weapons Research and Preservation Society. He has published numerous articles on the subject of Japanese arms and is the author of two books on the Samurai, in the Osprey Elite series.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    OK quick guide, some errors of fact and illustration

    This is a reasonable 'quick overview' type of book, but not much more. The author included a translated list of terms, which is fairly accurate, which you will need to refer to several times since the illustrations and descriptive text are not very well organized. The black & white photographs are more usefull than the illustrations. The battle formations and tactics section was relatively good as well. <p> My major complaint with this book has to do with the color plates. The illustrator took lots of artistic liberty in terms of what should be grouped into single plates and even worse, the body proportions of the figures and the relative sizes of most of the weapons are just plain wrong. For pretty much the same price as this thin guide you could pick up one of Stephen Turnbull's books which are much better.

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