A Brief History of the Samurai. a New History of the Warrior Elite
by Jonathan Clements
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Publisher: Robinson Running Press
8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall 9781845299477 Paperback Paperback. 9781845299477. Unread copy. The samurai were the embodiemtn of the Japanese Martial tradition. From humble beginnings as frontiersmen and border guards, they rose in power to become the true rulers of Japan, with an ideology based on military strategy and chilling battlefied aesthetics. This new study includes their greatest battles and worst defeats, their wars and weaponry, tradition and etiquette, and their transformation from hired swords to kingmakers, from Buddhis warlords to Christian soldiers. The author examines samurai facts and fictions, since a warrior society inevitably retells great battles, dramatizes heroic deeds, and aspires to a code of ethics rooted in tall tales and romanticized conflict. Looking beyond the end of Japan's civil wars in the 17th century, his fascinating history reveals the rise and fall of a samurai society in which the victorious Shogun had nobody left to fight. A closing chapter examines the shadow of the samurai in modern times, as heroes, villains, and mirrors to the Japanese soul. 356 pp. (We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions, and all types of Academic Literature.).