A Brief History of the Samurai

A Brief History of the Samurai

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From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 260g
  • Robinson Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1845299477
  • 9781845299477
  • 4,139

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Clements has a knack for writing suspenseful sure-footed conflict scenes: His recounting of the Korean invasion led by samurai and daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi reads like a thriller. If you're looking for a samurai primer, Clements' guide will keep you on the hook * Japan Times, reviewed as part of an Essential Reading for Japanophiles series *
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About Jonathan Clements

Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian history, including biographies of Empress Wu, Admiral Togo, the statesman Prince Saionji and Coxinga, the Japanese-born 'pirate king'. He divides his time between London, England and Jyvaskyla, Finland. His website is schoolgirlmilkycrisis.com
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784 ratings
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This book is packed with information, not a wasted space throughout, every line oozes history and tradition. Totally absorbing and descriptive, I had to read it again to grasp its depth. I only wish it were much, much longer.show more
by Wes Garretty
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