Ashigaru 1467-1649

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Osprey Publishing, 2001 - History - 64 pages
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The ashigaru were the foot soldiers of old Japan. Although recruited first to swell an army's numbers and paid only by loot, the samurai began to realise their worth, particularly with arquebuses and spears, until well-trained ashigaru made up a vital part of any samurai army. This book tells the story of the ashigaru for the first time, their origins, recruitment training and use in various wars, such as the Gempei Wars of 1180-1185 and the Onin War of 1467-1477. Stephen Turnbull draws on previously untranslated Japanese sources and unpublished illustrations that show the range of ashigaru activity, from sailors to catapult artillery men as well as the disciplined ranks of warriors that they had become.
  

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A typical Osprey production, as their "go-to" author on things Japanese examines the origins and organization of these troops from being irregular hangers-on to the infantry backbone of the samurai armies. Read full review

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Contents

A HISTORICAL SURVEY
3
ASHIGARU RECRUITMENT
10
ORGANISATION AND COMMAND
15
CAMPAIGN LIFE OF THE ASHIGARU
21
THE ASHIGARUS EXPERIENCE OF BATTLE
30
MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
56
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND FURTHER READING
57
CHRONOLOGY OF THE ASHIGARU
59
THE PLATES
60
GLOSSARY
63
INDEX
64
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About the author (2001)

Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and received a PhD from Leeds University for his work on Japanese religious history. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognised by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds.

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