Kawanakajima, 1553-64: Samurai Power Struggle

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Osprey Publishing, 2003 - History - 96 pages
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Kawanakajima is unique in history. In the space of 12 years, between 1553 and 1564, this valley deep in the mountains of central Japan witnessed no fewer than five battles between two of Japan’s greatest warlords. Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin were both descended from great families and were highly skilled tacticians. Both had taken the tonsure and risen to high rank in their respective Buddhist sects. When Shingen attempted to seize control of Shinano province they were set on a collision course. Stephen Turnbull chronicles the see-saw struggle between two men who epitomize the warrior daimyo from Japan’s ‘Warring States’ period.

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I really liked this book. These series of battles are some of the most famous samurai battles in Japanese history by two of the greats samurai lords in history, Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin. I especially liked the battle drawings. They were very realistic and probably are fairly accurate as to how samurai battle looked like. One issue for me is the author's lack of references. 

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Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and samurai warfare. He has travelled extensively in the Far East, particularly in Japan and Korea and is the author of numerous titles, including Men-at-Arms 86: ‘Samurai Armies 1550-1615’, and Campaign 69: ‘Nagashino 1575’.

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