The Samurai, The

The Samurai, The

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Osprey's examination of Japan's Samurai warriors of the medieval period. Perhaps the greatest warriors in history, the Samurai were a product of a social system totally geared to war. The Samurai became expert in fighting both on horseback and on the ground. Their way of life was dictated by the code of Bushido or 'way of the warrior' and clad in their magnificent, multi-coloured armour they were perfectly suited to the violent clan and dynastic warfare that dominated medieval Japan as the most powerful families vied for supremacy. In this title Anthony J Bryant presents a fascinating overview of these truly elite warriors."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 180.34 x 243.84 x 7.62mm | 249.47g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 colour and 60 b&w illustrations
  • 1855329468
  • 9781855329461

About Anthony J. Bryant

Anthony Bryant is a historian specialising in medieval Japanese history. He graduated from Florida State University in 1983 with a degree in Japanese Area studies. He lived for some time in Tokyo and is a member of the Japan Armour and Weapons Research and Preservation Society. He has published numerous articles on the subject of Japanese arms and is the author of two books on the Samurai, in the Osprey Elite series.
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"A concise overview of Japanese history through the feudal years, with a glance at the class of Samurai, weapons and armour, and supplemented by an abundance of photographs, diagrams and illustrations." -Patty Papageorgiou, "Historicus Forma "(September 2005)
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Table of contents

Origins and rise of the warrior class; the Genpei war (1180-85); the Kamakaru Bafuku and regency; war of the northern and southern courts; the Muromachi period; warfare in Muromachi and Monoyama Japan; Sengoku Japan; Hasiba Hideyoshi; the return of the Shogun; arms and armour - Heian and Kamakura Japan, Muromachi and Monoyama Japan.
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