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Samurai : an illustrated history

Kure, Mitsuo (author.).

Summary: Samurai: An Illustrated History brings the violent, tumultuous, and, at the same time, elegant world of the medieval Japanese samurai to life. This book of Japanese history traces the story of a unique historical phenomenon: a period of 700 years - equivalent to the entire stretch of Western history between the reigns of the Crusader king Richard the Lionhearted and of Queen Victoria at the height of the British Empire - during which an enclosed civilization was dominated by a single warrior caste. The historical narrative of samurai history is supported by explanations of samurai armor, weapons, fortifications, tactics, and customs, and illustrated with nearly 800 fascinating color photographs, maps, and sketches, including ancient scroll paintings and surviving suits of armor preserved for centuries in Japanese shrines. From the 12th to the 19th centuries the history of Japan was effectively the history of the samurai - the class of professional fighting men. At first they were no more than lowly soldiery employed by the court aristocracy of Kyoto, but the growing power of the provincial warrior clans soon enabled them to brush aside the executive power of the imperial court and to form their own parallel military government. Though individual dynasties came and went in cycles of vigor and decadence, the dominance of the samurai as a class proved uniquely resilient.

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  • ISBN: 0804832870
  • ISBN: 9780804832878
  • Physical Description: print
    192 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 32 cm
  • Publisher: North Clarendon, VT ; Tuttle Pub., 2002.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 192).
Formatted Contents Note: Preface -- Introduction -- Part 1: The centuries of the Samurai. The rise of the warrior class -- Armour in the 5th to 10th centuries AD -- The prosperity of the Heishi -- The struggle between the Genji and Heishi -- Armor of the Heian Period (Late 8th to 12th centuries AD) -- The Hojo regency -- Armor of the 12th to 14th centuries -- The Mongal invasions -- Weapons of the Samurai: The bow -- The fall of the Kamakura Bakufu and the revival of imperial government -- The Soehi -- The Muromachi Bakufu -- Armor of the 14th to 16th centuries do maru and haramaki -- The Onin War and the beginnings of Gekokujo -- 'Modern' armor: tosei gusoku -- The age of battles: Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi -- Weapons of the Samurai: The sword -- Handling the arquebus -- The reign of Hideyoshi -- Women in Samurai society -- Sekigahara: A decisive batttle? -- Flags of family contingents in the Sekighara campaign -- The Osaka campaign -- The Christian Rebellion in Shimabara -- The Samurai code -- The Tokugawa Bakufu -- Dragaon Horse, a pioneer of modern Japan -- Part 2: The age of the country at war: Representative campaigns and families -- The Battle of Okehazama, 1560 -- Fortifications and castles -- The bears of Kyushu from 8th to the 16th centuries AD -- The arrows of Chugoku, 1498-1571 -- Weapons of the Samurai: Pole-weapons -- Uesugi Kenshin & Takeda Shingen mid-16th century AD -- Chaos in Kanto 15th & 16th centuries AD -- Chronology -- Glossary.
Subject: Samurai Japan History
Japan History To 1868
Japan History To 1868
Genre: SPORTS & RECREATION / Martial Arts & Self-Defense.

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