The Samurai: A Military History

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Psychology Press, 1996 - History - 285 pages
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First published in 1977, The Samurai - A Military History is regarded as a standard work of reference, but out of print in recent years. Now reissued, it serves as one of the most authoritative works on samurai life and warfare published outside Japan. Set against the background of Japan's social and political history, the book records the rise and rise of Japan's extraordinary warrior class from earliest times to the culmination of their culture, prowess and skills as manifested in the last great battle they were ever to fight - that of Osaka Castle in 1615.
 

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Contents

Buddha and Bushi
17
The Gempei War
40
The fall of the house of Taira
60
Their finest hour
76
Acts of loyalty
89
The age of the Country at War
106
Saints and samurai
128
Tea and muskets
156
Hideyoshis Korean war
186
The final reckoning
224
Decline and triumph
252
Selected genealogies
268
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STEPHEN TURNBULL is the author of over 50 books on the military history of Europe and the Far East. He works as a Japanese cultural consultant and is Lecturer in Japanese Religion at the Department of East Asian Studies at Leeds University. He served as the historical advisor for the Universal Pictures film "47 Ronin", starring Keanu Reeves.

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