Warriors of Medieval Japan

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The fearless, elite warriors of medieval Japan were loyal comrades but deadly foes. Whether foot soldier, samurai or trained assassin, these men were driven by strict codes of honor and bound by deep allegiances of rank, family or religion.

This book examines the military lives of four formidable warrior types, covering the samurai and the ninja as well as the experiences of warrior monks and ashigaru foot soldiers, less familiar to western ...

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Overview

The fearless, elite warriors of medieval Japan were loyal comrades but deadly foes. Whether foot soldier, samurai or trained assassin, these men were driven by strict codes of honor and bound by deep allegiances of rank, family or religion.

This book examines the military lives of four formidable warrior types, covering the samurai and the ninja as well as the experiences of warrior monks and ashigaru foot soldiers, less familiar to western readers. The recruitment, training and equipment of each warrior type are described, and their beliefs, motivation and experience of warfare are explored. Rare material from Japanese sources makes this a highly authoritative treatment of the military elites of medieval Japan, brought to life by lavish illustrations and photography.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781841768649
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/10/2005
  • Series: General Military Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Turnbull is recognized as one of the world's foremost military historians of the medieval period. 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. Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and received a PhD from Leeds University for his work on Japanese religious history. His work has been recognized by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. He currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion at the University of Leeds and writing. The author lives in Yorkshire, UK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2008

    AP World History Book Review

    As a student taking an advance placement class in history, this book has been an interesting read. I recommend this book to those who wish to find out more about the different medieval Japanese warriors. This is also is good for the military history people who are generally interested in the various warriors. This is a long book to read; however, this is because it is four smaller books compiled into one large one. Each part does not need to be read to understand the entire book. <BR/><BR/>The author is able to give the reader a very good understanding of how each warrior affected history. These warriors (samurai, ashurgi, ninja, and monk warrior) all share similar aspects, but contain more differences. Common western myths about these warriors are also cleared up by showing examples of their true history that Hollywood has needlessly changed. The details follow from one point to another, making it an easy read, or an easy read for an information book that is. Enjoy reading!

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