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The Samurai Swordsman: Master of War
     

The Samurai Swordsman: Master of War

by Stephen R. Turnbull
 

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Filled with dozens of woodblock prints and photographs, this Samurai history is an authoritative text on Japan's most fearsome warriors.

Samurai—the word alone evokes intense images of expert swordsmen fighting against overwhelming odds and emerging victorious. But the popular image of the samurai only scratches the surface of these complex warriors.

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Filled with dozens of woodblock prints and photographs, this Samurai history is an authoritative text on Japan's most fearsome warriors.

Samurai—the word alone evokes intense images of expert swordsmen fighting against overwhelming odds and emerging victorious. But the popular image of the samurai only scratches the surface of these complex warriors. The Samurai Swordsman: Master of War brings the reality to life.

Through fascinating stories and full-color historical images that show the samurai in mesmerizing detail, military historian Stephen Turnbull provides an invaluable guide to an enduring legacy.

Most readers may imagine the samurai as a lone wanderer, owing allegiance to none but himself, only relying for his survival on his skill with the sword. As The Samurai Swordsman reveals, however, that image masks the diversity of the samurai's long history.

The earliest samurai warriors were actually aristocratic mounted archers, not swordsmen. Only as the archer gave way to the mounted spearman did swordsmanship came into play. Turnbull details how the history and the legacy of the samurai developed over centuries into a multifaceted, richly elaborate tapestry of martial and societal traditions.

From the first recorded use of the word samurai in the eighth century to the final wars waged in resistance to the Meiji government in the late nineteenth century, The Samurai Swordsman recounts the complex history of these warriors and demonstrates why the samurai continue to fascinate the world today.

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"The Samurai Swordsman: Master of War is an examination of the true Samurai, who dominated Japan during its feudal era, much like Knights once dominated Europe. Going deep into the nature of Samurai as complex individuals and not just swords with legs, it looks at everything—the Samurai statesman, the Samurai artist, and more. Enhanced with full color paintings throughout, The Samurai Swordsman is highly recommended for community library history and art collections and for anyone who has always had a fascination with this warrior caste." —Midwest Book Review

"The Samurai Swordsman is a coffee table book with an abundance of full color photos, prints, paintings, and portraits (some taking up two pages). Like most of Turnbull's books, its a visual treat. It's organized by chapter into several interesting themes and the incidents Turnbull lays out make for entertaining reading." —TheShogunsHouse.com, the official blog of the Samurai Archives Japanese History Page

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784805309568
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Edition description:
1st Edition, Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,082,886
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Turnbull is the author of more than 50 books on the military history of Europe and the Far East, and works as a consultant on all aspects of Japanese culture. He is currently Lecturer in Japanese Religion at the Department of East Asian Studies at Leeds University.

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