Japan was ruled by warriors for the better part of a millennium. From the twelfth to the nineteenth century its political history was dominated by the struggle of competing leagues of fighting men. This volume, comprised of chapters taken from Volumes 3 and 4 of The Cambridge History of Japan, traces the institutional development of warrior rule and dominance. Although samurai influence waned with the development of constitutional government, warrior values remained central to the ethical code of modern Japan.
Preface Marius Jansen; 1. The Kamakura bakufu Jeffrey P. Mass; 2. The decline of the Kamakura bakufu Ishii Susumu; 3. The Muromachi bakufu John W. Hall; 4. The Bakuhan system John W. Hall; 5. The Han Harold Bolitho; Index.