A Brief History of the Samurai

A Brief History of the Samurai

by Jonathan Clements

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A Brief History of the Samurai by Jonathan Clements

'Clements has a knack for writing suspenseful sure-footed conflict scenes: His recounting of the Korean invasion led by samurai and daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi reads like a thriller. If you're looking for a samurai primer, Clements' guide will keep you on the hook' Japan Times, reviewed as part of an Essential Reading for Japanophiles series

From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845299477
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Brief Histories Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 242,725
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian history, including biographies of Empress Wu, Admiral Togo, the statesman Prince Saionji and Coxinga, the Japanese-born 'pirate king'. He divides his time between London, England and Jyväskylä, Finland, and his website is www.muramasaindustries.com.

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