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andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;Samurai: An Illustrated Historyandlt;/iandgt; brings the violent, tumultuous, and, at the same time, elegant world of the medieval Japanese samurai to life.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This book of Japanese history traces the story of a unique historical phenomenon: a period of 700 yearsand#8212;equivalent to the entire stretch of Western history between the reigns of the Crusader king Richard the Lionhearted and of Queen Victoria at the height of the British Empireand#8212;during which an enclosed civilization was dominated by a single warrior caste.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The historical narrative is supported by explanations of samurai armor, weapons, fortifications, tactics, and customs, and illustrated with nearly andlt;bandgt;800 fascinating color photographsandlt;/bandgt;, maps, and sketches, including ancient scroll paintings and surviving suits of armor preserved for centuries in Japanese shrines.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;From the 12th to the 19th centuries the history of Japan was effectively the history of the samuraiand#8212;the class of professional fighting men. At first they were no more than lowly soldiery employed by the court aristocracy of Kyoto, but the growing power of the provincial warrior clans soon enabled them to brush aside the executive power of the imperial court and to form their own parallel military government. Though individual dynasties came and went in cycles of vigor and decadence, the dominance of the samurai as a class proved uniquely resilient.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Through centuries of warfare, rebellion, and treachery, through invasion and overseas expeditions, the everand#8211;shifting alliances of samurai families struggled relentlessly for land and power. The great warrior clans were founded by ruthless adventurers, rose to extend over province and whole regions of the country, and fell in utter ruin. At last, from the bloodbath of the Sengoku Jidaiand#8212;the age of battles" beginning in the late 15th centuryand#8212;there emerged three extraordinary leaders who pursued the vision of unifying Japan under a single ruler: Oda Nobunaga, his lieutenant and successor Toyotami Hideyoshi, and finally Tokugawa Ieyasu, who fought, plotted and butchered his way to the ultimate prize.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Early in the 17th cenury the vitorious Tokugawa shoguns took the deliberate decision to isolate Japan completely; an until U.S. Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry anchored off their coast nearly 250 years later the extraordinary medieval world of the samurai was preserved as if in amber. Mitsuo Kure's account ends with the painful birth of modern Japan under the stimulus of that shocking encounter, which finally destroyed the institutions created by the samurai shoguns.

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Brings the violent, tumultuous, and elegant world of the medieval Japanese samurai to life

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Samurai: An Illustrated History brings the violent, tumultuous, and, at the same time, elegant world of the medieval Japanese samurai to life. With a general introduction that examines the origins of the samurai and their rise to power, Samurai presents a chronological coverage of samurai history detailing the main battles, personnel, and general themes. Additional chapters are studies of samurai armor and weaponry, fortifications, and the changes in strategy and armor upon the introduction of firearms and cannon. All chapters are illustrated by photographs of battle re-enactments meticulously conducted by the enthusiastic historical re-enactment societies of Japan, and by line drawings of fortifications and armor. Samurai vividly details the long bloody era of the samurai, when sons killed their fathers, brothers attacked their brothers, wives betrayed their husbands and hosts their guests, and the forces of the samurai rulers destroyed those of the emperors and the monasteries. The samurai fought for property, lands, and money, and only rarely for honor--Samurai tells that compelling story with vigor.

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andlt;iandgt;Samurai: An Illustrated Historyandlt;/iandgt; brings the violent, tumultuous, and, at the same time, elegant world of the medieval Japanese samurai to life. With a general introduction that examines the origins of the samurai and their rise to power, Samurai presents a chronological coverage of samurai history detailing the main battles, personnel, and general themes. Additional chapters are studies of samurai armor and weaponry, fortifications, and the changes in strategy and armor upon the introduction of firearms and cannon. All chapters are illustrated by photographs of battle re-enactments meticulously conducted by the enthusiastic historical re-enactment societies of Japan, and by line drawings of fortifications and armor. Samurai vividly details the long bloody era of the samurai, when sons killed their fathers, brothers attacked their brothers, wives betrayed their husbands and hosts their guests, and the forces of the samurai rulers destroyed those of the emperors and the monasteries. The samurai fought for property, lands, and money, and only rarely for honor--Samurai tells that compelling story with vigor.

About the Author

Mitsuo Kure graduated from medical school in 1972 and became a surgeon based in Tokyo. His lifelong interest in samurai began at an early age, when he began constructing historically accurate models of samurai figures. Later, with the assistance on Togo Ryu, a well-known Japanese historical novelist, he began to reconstruct full-size samurai armor and started what is now one of the premier re-enactment groups in Japan. His group is currently one of the leading organisers of samurai battle re-enactments in Japan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804832878
Author:
Kure, Mitsuo
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Samurai
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Weapons -- Japan -- History.
Subject:
Samurai -- History.
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
samurai history; samurai styles; Samurai chronology; Samurai photographs; samurai warrior
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Series:
No Series
Series Volume:
no. R10-TP-75
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
250 color photos and illus
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
12.25 x 9.25 in 45 oz

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Brings the violent, tumultuous, and elegant world of the medieval Japanese samurai to life
"Synopsis" by , Samurai: An Illustrated History brings the violent, tumultuous, and, at the same time, elegant world of the medieval Japanese samurai to life. With a general introduction that examines the origins of the samurai and their rise to power, Samurai presents a chronological coverage of samurai history detailing the main battles, personnel, and general themes. Additional chapters are studies of samurai armor and weaponry, fortifications, and the changes in strategy and armor upon the introduction of firearms and cannon. All chapters are illustrated by photographs of battle re-enactments meticulously conducted by the enthusiastic historical re-enactment societies of Japan, and by line drawings of fortifications and armor. Samurai vividly details the long bloody era of the samurai, when sons killed their fathers, brothers attacked their brothers, wives betrayed their husbands and hosts their guests, and the forces of the samurai rulers destroyed those of the emperors and the monasteries. The samurai fought for property, lands, and money, and only rarely for honor--Samurai tells that compelling story with vigor.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;iandgt;Samurai: An Illustrated Historyandlt;/iandgt; brings the violent, tumultuous, and, at the same time, elegant world of the medieval Japanese samurai to life. With a general introduction that examines the origins of the samurai and their rise to power, Samurai presents a chronological coverage of samurai history detailing the main battles, personnel, and general themes. Additional chapters are studies of samurai armor and weaponry, fortifications, and the changes in strategy and armor upon the introduction of firearms and cannon. All chapters are illustrated by photographs of battle re-enactments meticulously conducted by the enthusiastic historical re-enactment societies of Japan, and by line drawings of fortifications and armor. Samurai vividly details the long bloody era of the samurai, when sons killed their fathers, brothers attacked their brothers, wives betrayed their husbands and hosts their guests, and the forces of the samurai rulers destroyed those of the emperors and the monasteries. The samurai fought for property, lands, and money, and only rarely for honor--Samurai tells that compelling story with vigor.
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