Ashigaru 1467-1649 by Stephen TurnbullAshigaru 1467-1649 by Stephen Turnbull

Ashigaru 1467-1649

byStephen TurnbullIllustratorHoward Gerrard

Paperback | March 25, 2001

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The ashigaru were the foot soldiers of old Japan. Although recruited first to swell an army's numbers and paid only by loot, the samurai began to realise their worth, particularly with arquebuses and spears, until well-trained ashigaru made up a vital part of any samurai army. This book tells the story of the ashigaru for the first time, their origins, recruitment training and use in various wars, such as the Gempei Wars of 1180-1185 and the Onin War of 1467-1477. Stephen Turnbull draws on previously untranslated Japanese sources and unpublished illustrations that show the range of ashigaru activity, from sailors to catapult artillery men as well as the disciplined ranks of warriors that they had become.
Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and received a PhD from Leeds University for his work on Japanese religious history. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognised by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Associatio...
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Title:Ashigaru 1467-1649Format:PaperbackPublished:March 25, 2001Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1841761494

ISBN - 13:9781841761497

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Table of Contents

THE ASHIGARU: A HISTORICAL SURVEY
The rise of ashigaru · Ashigaru earn armour · Nobunaga shows the way forward · Toyotomi Hideyoshi
ASHIGARU RECRUITMENT
The call to arms · Permanent units · Rapid response units
ORGANISATION AND COMMAND
Weapon specialisation · Spearmen · Serving a samurai · Signals and flag bearers
CAMPAIGN LIFE OF THE ASHIGARU
Horses · Looting · Civilian casualties · Field remedies
THE ASHIGARU'S EXPERIENCE OF BATTLE
Arquebus troops · Hand to hand fighting · Archery squads · Spearmen · Spear carriers and standard bearers