The Samurai: A Military History [NOOK Book]

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First published in 1977, The Samurai has long since become a standard work of reference. It continues to be the most authoritative work on samurai life and warfare published outside Japan. Set against the background of Japan's social and political history, the book records the rise and rise of Japan's extraordinary warrior class from earliest times to the culmination of their culture, prowess and skills as manifested in the last great battle they were ever to fight - that of ...

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The Samurai: A Military History

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Overview

First published in 1977, The Samurai has long since become a standard work of reference. It continues to be the most authoritative work on samurai life and warfare published outside Japan. Set against the background of Japan's social and political history, the book records the rise and rise of Japan's extraordinary warrior class from earliest times to the culmination of their culture, prowess and skills as manifested in the last great battle they were ever to fight - that of Osaka Castle in 1615.

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An absorbing, if rather blood-curdling read . . . which makes clear how absolutely dominant the influence of the samurai was in Japanese history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134243693
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,321,839
  • File size: 10 MB

Table of Contents

Author's Preface
Foreword
List of Illustrations
Conventional periods of Japanese history
1 Gods and heroes 1
2 Buddha and Bushi 17
3 The Gempei War 40
4 The fall of the house of Taira 60
5 Their finest hour 76
6 Acts of loyalty 89
7 The age of the Country at War 106
8 Saints and samurai 128
9 Tea and muskets 156
10 Hideyoshi's Korean war 186
11 The final reckoning 224
12 Decline and triumph 252
Appendix 1. Selected genealogies 269
Appendix 2. Chronological list of Shoguns 271
Bibliography 273
Index 277
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