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The Book of the Samurai

by Stephen R. Turnbull

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Few countries has a warrior tradition as long and as exciting as that of Japan -- and it is embodied in one powerful and romantic figure: the loyal, self-sacrificing samurai. He is both a courageous swordsman and an aesthete. He is the commander on the battlefield, the keeper of the peace, the aristocratic administrator, and the avenger of his master.
Here is the story of a class that ruled Japan for 700 years, covering such topics as:
-- Samurai organization and clans
-- Fighting strategies and accounts of battles
-- Weapons, armor, and ceremonial dress
-- The golden age of the shoguns
-- The Meiji Restoration and the decline of the samurai

Profusely illustrated with reproductions of artwork, line drawings, and photographs, this volume fully explores the colorful and violent warriors of Japan's feudal past.
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Ruling Japan for nearly 700 years, members of the samurai class fought for control of Japan and to keep Japan free of foreign influence. From their inception in the Heian Period to the bloody Onin Wars, the history of the samurais is a history of political and military struggle. This book overviews that history, repeatedly making the point that the history of the samurai is an integral part of the history of Japan.… (more)

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