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Samurai: The World of the Warrior by Stephen…

Samurai: The World of the Warrior

by Stephen Turnbull

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I found this to be a very well organized book, which I enjoyed reading. It is profusely illustrated and has a very good map. There is a good glossary.

As the title indicates, this is a book about the world of the Samurai, the 'legendary elite warrior cult of old Japan'. There are nine chapters and an Epilogue. The author has a pleasant reference to Cervantes and Don Quixote.

I wish I knew what the following Japanese words meant: 'no' (as in Dan no Ura and Ichi no tani), 'shima' and 'maru' (I thought it meant sea?). On each page there is a wide margin to the left, which I didn't like. The location of the page numbers was a real pain. The glossary should include appropriate entries for 'gohei' (three dimensional sashimono, page 59), 'kunikuzushi' (cannon, page 110, etal) and 'kanme' (unit of weight, page 110). The picture captions are usually a repetition of the text. The author should have elaborated on Japanese assault parties (page 127).

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The world of the samurai - the legendary elite warrior cult of old Japan - has for too long been associated solely with military history and has remained a mystery to the general reader. In this exciting new book, Stephen Turnbull, the world's leading authority on the samurai, goes beyond the battlefield to paint a picture of the samurai as they really were. Familiar topics such as the cult of suicide, ritualised revenge and the lore of the samurai sword are seen in the context of an all-encompassing warrior culture that was expressed through art and poetry as much as through violence. Using themed chapters, the book studies the samurai through their historical development and their relationship to the world around them - relationships that are shown to persist in Japan even today.
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Brushing aside the shrouds of myth and mystery, this book exposes the true world of the samurai, the legendary warrior cult of old Japan.

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2 editions of this book were published by Osprey Publishing.

Editions: 1841769517, 1841767409

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