Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan
Karl Friday, an internationally recognised authority on Japanese warriors, provides the first comprehensive study of the topic to be published in English. This work incorporates nearly twenty years of on-going research and draws on both new readings of primary sources and the most recent secondary scholarship.
It overturns many of the stereotypes that have dominated views of the period. Friday analyzes Heian -, Kamakura- and Nambokucho-period warfare from five thematic angles. He examines the principles that justified armed conflict, the mechanisms used to raise and deploy armed forces, the weapons available to early medieval warriors, the means by which they obtained them, and the techniques and customs of battle.
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The popular image of samurai is - at least in the West - based primarily on the Sengoku period in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This book is about the preceding era, approximately AD 800 ... Read full review