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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Ashigaru were foot-soldiers who were employed by the samurai class of feudal Japan. The first known reference to ashigaru was in the 1300s but it was during the Ashikaga Shogunate-Muromachi period that the use of ashigaru became prevalent by various warring factions. Attempts were made in Japan by the Emperor Tenmu to have a conscripted national army, but this did not come about and by the 10th century Japan instead relied on individual land owners to provide men for conflicts and wars. These horse owning land owners were the beginnings of the samurai class and the men who worked the land for the land owners became the common foot soldiers during times of war. These foot soldiers could have long ties and loyalty to the land owners which went back many generations.
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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 141g
  • Utilpublishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136141647
  • 9786136141640