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andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;The Samurai Swordsman: Master of Warandlt;/iandgt; brings to life the history behind the courageous and highly disciplined fighting men of early Japan with detailed writing and hundreds of stunning Japanese woodblock prints, illustrations and photographs.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The most enduring traditional image of the samurai is that of the roninand#8212;a lone wanderer, owing allegiance to none but himself, and relying for his continued survival on his skills with the sword. As andlt;iandgt;The Samurai Swordsmanandlt;/iandgt; reveals, however, that image hides the reality and the diversity of the samurai's long history.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The earliest samurai warriors were in truth aristocratic mounted archers, not swordsmen. Only as the Japanese archer gave way to the mounted spearman did swordsmanship came into play. Military expert Stephen Turnbull details how the history of the legacy of the samurai unrolled over the centuries in a multifaceted, richly elaborate tapestry of war, society, and tradition.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Turnbull combines primary sources and striking, beautiful images to reveal for today's reader whoand#8212;and whatand#8212;the samurai actually were. A variety of fascinating aspects are brought to light: exciting first hand accounts of the Mongol Invasions of Japan in the late 1200s, when the fearsome reputation of these Japanese fighters began its spread over the world; samurai codes of loyalty and vengeance, expressed by the Igagoe Vendetta, the Fortyand#8211;seven Ronin, and many others; and the role of women in Japanese swordsmanship, including Tomoe Gozen, the legendary Beautiful Samurai.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;From the first recorded use of the word andlt;iandgt;samuraiandlt;/iandgt; in the eighth century AD to the final wars the swordsmen waged in resistance to the Meiji government, andlt;iandgt;The Samurai Swordsmanandlt;/iandgt; demonstrates how and why the samurai continue to hold the world's attention.

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Turnbull (East Asian studies, Leeds University) presents a history of the samurai from the early days of feudal horsemen, known more for their skill at archery than their swordsmanship, to the last samurai defeat in the 1860s. He traces both the history and the legends surrounding this warrior group, including famous battles, political intrigues and the growth of martial arts as a mental and spiritual discipline in Japan. There are also sections on female samurai, also adept at swordsmanship. Turnbull relates tales of individual samurai heroes both in history and legend. The various roles of the samurai are discussed, including that of police force and its opposite, criminals. Lavishly illustrated from Japanese artworks and photographs, this book is aimed at a general audience. Oversized: 9.25x12.25" Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Warriors and their weapons come alive in this lavish tome from the world's leading authority on the samurai

Synopsis:

andlt;bandgt;Filled with dozens of woodblock prints and photographs, this Samurai history is an authoritative text on Japan's most fearsome warriors.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Samuraiand#8212;the word alone evokes intense images of expert swordsmen fighting against overwhelming odds and emerging victorious. But the popular image of the samurai only scratches the surface of these complex warriors. andlt;iandgt;The Samurai Swordsman: Master of Warandlt;/iandgt; brings the reality to life.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Through fascinating stories and full-color historical images that show the samurai in mesmerizing detail, military historian Stephen Turnbull provides an invaluable guide to an enduring legacy.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Most readers may imagine the samurai as a lone wanderer, owing allegiance to none but himself, only relying for his survival on his skill with the sword. As andlt;iandgt;The Samurai Swordsmanandlt;/iandgt; reveals, however, that image masks the diversity of the samurai's long history.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The earliest samurai warriors were actually aristocratic mounted archers, not swordsmen. Only as the archer gave way to the mounted spearman did swordsmanship came into play. Turnbull details how the history and the legacy of the samurai developed over centuries into a multifaceted, richly elaborate tapestry of martial and societal traditions.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;From the first recorded use of the word samurai in the eighth century to the final wars waged in resistance to the Meiji government in the late nineteenth century, andlt;iandgt;The Samurai Swordsmanandlt;/iandgt; recounts the complex history of these warriors and demonstrates why the samurai continue to fascinate the world today.

Synopsis:

The word "samurai" evokes intense images of indomitable warriors, expert swordsmen capable of taking on overwhelming odds-and emerging victorious. But this popular image only brushes the surface of the samurai tradition. The Samurai Swordsman: Master of War brings to life the history behind the courageous and highly disciplined fighting men of early Japan.

Authoritative military history expert Stephen Turnbull shows how the samurai evolved from the primitive fighters of the 7th century into an invincible military caste with a fearsome reputation. Many aspects of the samurai and their military significance are covered, including the cultural reasons why the elite mounted archers originally emerged in Japan; their wars against pirate invaders; how samurai masters taught the next generation; the women samurai and their accomplishments; and much more. Illustrated with full-color historical images that show the samurai tradition in fascinating detail, The Samurai Swordsman is an invaluable guide to an enduring legacy.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Stephen Turnbullandlt;/bandgt; is the author of more than 50 books on the military history of Europe and the Far East, and works as a consultant on all aspects of Japanese culture. He lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9784805309568
Subtitle:
Master of War
Author:
Turnbull, Stephen
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
samurai history; shogun; bushido; daimyo; japan
Subject:
samurai history; shogun; bushido; daimyo; japan; samurai book; sword book; japanese swords
Subject:
samurai history; shogun; bushido; daimyo; japan; samurai book; sword book; japanese swords; shogun; bushido; daimyo; japan; history of japan; japanese history; samurai books; samurai sword; samurai armor; samurai history book; history of samurai
Subject:
samurai history ; shogun ; bushido
Subject:
samurai book ; sword book ; japanese swords ;
Subject:
daimyo ; japan ; history of japan ; japanese history ; samurai books ; samurai sword
Subject:
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Subject:
military history ; martial arts ; history of the samurai
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
No Series
Publication Date:
20080415
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
180 color and bandamp;w photos and image
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in 53 oz

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"Synopsis" by ,
Warriors and their weapons come alive in this lavish tome from the world's leading authority on the samurai
"Synopsis" by , andlt;bandgt;Filled with dozens of woodblock prints and photographs, this Samurai history is an authoritative text on Japan's most fearsome warriors.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Samuraiand#8212;the word alone evokes intense images of expert swordsmen fighting against overwhelming odds and emerging victorious. But the popular image of the samurai only scratches the surface of these complex warriors. andlt;iandgt;The Samurai Swordsman: Master of Warandlt;/iandgt; brings the reality to life.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Through fascinating stories and full-color historical images that show the samurai in mesmerizing detail, military historian Stephen Turnbull provides an invaluable guide to an enduring legacy.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Most readers may imagine the samurai as a lone wanderer, owing allegiance to none but himself, only relying for his survival on his skill with the sword. As andlt;iandgt;The Samurai Swordsmanandlt;/iandgt; reveals, however, that image masks the diversity of the samurai's long history.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The earliest samurai warriors were actually aristocratic mounted archers, not swordsmen. Only as the archer gave way to the mounted spearman did swordsmanship came into play. Turnbull details how the history and the legacy of the samurai developed over centuries into a multifaceted, richly elaborate tapestry of martial and societal traditions.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;From the first recorded use of the word samurai in the eighth century to the final wars waged in resistance to the Meiji government in the late nineteenth century, andlt;iandgt;The Samurai Swordsmanandlt;/iandgt; recounts the complex history of these warriors and demonstrates why the samurai continue to fascinate the world today.
"Synopsis" by , The word "samurai" evokes intense images of indomitable warriors, expert swordsmen capable of taking on overwhelming odds-and emerging victorious. But this popular image only brushes the surface of the samurai tradition. The Samurai Swordsman: Master of War brings to life the history behind the courageous and highly disciplined fighting men of early Japan.

Authoritative military history expert Stephen Turnbull shows how the samurai evolved from the primitive fighters of the 7th century into an invincible military caste with a fearsome reputation. Many aspects of the samurai and their military significance are covered, including the cultural reasons why the elite mounted archers originally emerged in Japan; their wars against pirate invaders; how samurai masters taught the next generation; the women samurai and their accomplishments; and much more. Illustrated with full-color historical images that show the samurai tradition in fascinating detail, The Samurai Swordsman is an invaluable guide to an enduring legacy.

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