Giving Up the Gun: Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879

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Shambhala, 1980 - Firearms - 122 pages
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Was there ever a time when a civilization, technically sophisticated, and in full possession of its senses, reverted in an earlier, less advanced technology? You bet - Japan, 1543-1879. During this period Japan effectively prohibited all manufacture of firearms and gunpowder, and isolated itself from the rest of the world with a blockade that remained successful until Commodore Perry's celebrated "opening of Japan" in 1854. An altogether fascinating book - because Perrin is a consistently good storyteller, because even his footnotes are a delight to read, and because this is the story that really has few parallels in modern history.

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User Review  - BruceCoulson - LibraryThing

Of all the warrior cultures in history, only Japan's noble (Samurai) class had the foresight to realize what the introduction of firearms would ultimately mean to them. This is the story of holding ... Read full review

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User Review  - Smiley - LibraryThing

Thoughtful, lucid essay on a little known episode in Japanese history. Read full review

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