The Samurai Invasion of Korea 1592-98

The Samurai Invasion of Korea 1592-98

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by Stephen Turnbull, Peter Dennis
     
 

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Stephen Turnbull, a renowned expert on the history of Japan, examines the samurai invasion of Korea, the first step in an ambitious Japanese plan to conquer China. Examining the various stages of the war, from the pitched battles of the early war years, to the great naval encounters, the dramatic sieges and the bitter trench warfare that characterized the end of the

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Stephen Turnbull, a renowned expert on the history of Japan, examines the samurai invasion of Korea, the first step in an ambitious Japanese plan to conquer China. Examining the various stages of the war, from the pitched battles of the early war years, to the great naval encounters, the dramatic sieges and the bitter trench warfare that characterized the end of the war, Turnbull provides a concise analysis of the conflict. Highly illustrated with contemporary photographs, full colour battlescene artwork, detailed maps and bird's-eye views, this is a concise history of a unique and exciting campaign, which not only involved huge numbers of men, differing terrain and tactics but was also the only time that the legendary samurai were pitched against a foreign nation.

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ISBN-13:
9781782007128
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Series:
Campaign , #198
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
923,917
File size:
49 MB
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Stephen Turnbull is recognized as one of the world's foremost military historians of the medieval and early modern periods. He first rose to prominence as a result of his 1977 book, The Samurai: A Military History. Since then he has achieved an equal fame in writing about European military subjects and has had 30 books published. He has always tried to concentrate on the less familiar areas of military history, in particular such topics as Korea, Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and the Teutonic Knights. Stephen has held several academic positions, the most recent being Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University in Japan.

Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker. He is based in Nottinghamshire, UK
Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading authority on samurai culture. He took his first degree at Cambridge and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University. In 1996 he received a PhD from Leeds for his thesis on Japan's Kakure Kirishitan. In its published form the work won the Japan Festival Literary Award in 1998. Having lectured in East Asian Studies and Theology he is now retired and is an Honorary Lecturer at Leeds, a Research Associate at SOAS and Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University. He has published 73 books and many journal articles. His expertise was also put to use in helping design the award-winning computer strategy game Shogun Total War, and in 2010 he acted as Historical Adviser to Universal Pictures for the movie 47 Ronin. He is currently working on a major project tracing the historical evolution of the ninja as a cultural phenomenon.
Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

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Ardashir More than 1 year ago
Written by Stephen Turnbull, an expert on the age of the samurai in Japan, this book covers one of the least known episodes in the history of the samurai, their invasion of Korea under Hideyoshi. The scale of this war is shocking even by modern standards and must have been terrifying at the time -- roughly one million dead in Korea, and out of 250,000+ Japanese, at least 100,000 died. The book covers the planning for the invasion, Hideyoshi's desire for an Asian empire that drove the attack, the horrific ease of the Japanese attack -- they practically strolled up the peninsula -- and the brutality of the occupation. This is not a tale of noble samurai honoring their enemies even as they fought. It also covers the fierce Korean resistance, the assistance from Ming China, and best of all the sadly all but unknown exploits of the great Admiral Yi Sun-sin, the hero of Korea, who lead fleets of warships often outnumbered by as much as 10 to 1 to victory after victory. His life reads like a novel, with the Admiral facing the Japanese in the war and court nobles at home. He was disgraced and brought back, and finally died at the height of the greatest and final naval battle of the war. It is a shame that more is not known in the west of this great commander. A very well-done, well-illustrated (always Osprey's best point), and well-told if brief history of one of the fiercest wars in Asia before the modern age. I recommend this to anyone interested in Korean or Japanese history.