Samurai tells the fascinating story of the courageous fighting men of early Japan, showing how they developed from the primitive fighters of the seventh century into an invincible military caste with a fearsome reputation. It describes their place in history as they became a noble army frequently used in power struggles between the Emperors and military leaders (shoguns). There are detailed sections on their weapons and armour, including samurai swords. The book takes you to the heart of the battle, with descriptions of tactics that convey the sights and sounds of combat. It contains four see-through 'vellum' sections that build up to show the layers that constituted the samurai's impressive armour. Samurai gives a real insight into Japanese history and is a complete guide to these historic warriors.
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Stephen Turnbull, from Leeds, W. Yorkshire, is recognized as the leading authority outside Japan on the samurai and Japan's early military history. He first visited Japan in 1970, and since then he has built up an expertise that has received worldwide recognition. He has a PhD from Leeds University in the United Kingdom, and is now an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of East Asian Studies at Leeds. Among his previous works are books on the Japanese invasion of Korea and studies of siege weapons of the Far East. When not writing, he runs a picture library called Japan Archive and tends his Japanese-style garden. Stephen lives in Leeds.
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Book Description Osprey. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110540011711
Book Description Osprey. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0540011711 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1147934