The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado

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John Wiley & Sons, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 220 pages
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A portrait of Japan's first significant samurai leader and his world

Was samurai warrior Taira Masakado a quixotic megalomaniac or a hero swept up by events beyond his control? Did he really declare himself to be the "New Emperor"? Did he suffer divine retribution for his ego and ambition? Filled with insurrections, tribal uprisings, pirate disturbances, and natural disasters, this action-packed account of Masakado's insurrection offers a captivating introduction to the samurai, their role in 10th-century society, and the world outside the capital-a must-read for those interested in early Japan, samurai warfare, or the mystique of ancient warriors.

Karl Friday (Athens, GA) is a Professor of History at the University of Georgia. A renowned expert on the samurai and early Japanese history, he has authored four books and appeared on numerous A&E, History, and Discovery Channel programs. He is active on several Web forums.
 

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Taira Masakado was tenth century provincial noble, who, while pursuing private feuds with other members of the local warrior aristocracy, ended up in rebellion against the Imperial authorities ... Read full review

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Friday uses the career of Taira Masakado to illustrate the contraints and opportunities of a professional fighting man in Classical Japan; and a lively story it is. However, Friday's main point is to ... Read full review

Contents

Masakados World
19
Masakado and His Uncles
41
New Enemies and New Friends
61
Insurrection
95
Apotheosis
115
Epilogue
142
Notes
162
Bibliography
188
Credits
211
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Karl Friday is a professor of history at the University of Georgia. A renowned expert on the samurai and early Japanese history, he is the author of four books and has appeared on numerous A&E, History, and Discovery Channel programs.

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