The Samurai by Anthony J BryantThe Samurai by Anthony J Bryant

The Samurai

byAnthony J BryantIllustratorAngus Mcbride


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Osprey's examination of Japan's Samurai warriors of the medieval period. Perhaps the greatest warriors in history, the Samurai were a product of a social system totally geared to war. The Samurai became expert in fighting both on horseback and on the ground. Their way of life was dictated by the code of Bushido or 'way of the warrior' and clad in their magnificent, multi-coloured armour they were perfectly suited to the violent clan and dynastic warfare that dominated medieval Japan as the most powerful families vied for supremacy. In this title Anthony J Bryant presents a fascinating overview of these truly élite warriors.
Anthony Bryant is a historian specialising in medieval Japanese history. He graduated from Florida State University in 1983 with a degree in Japanese Area studies. He lived for some time in Tokyo and is a member of the Japan Armour and Weapons Research and Preservation Society. He has published numerous articles on the subject of Japan...
Title:The SamuraiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.29 × 0.13 inPublisher:Bloomsbury USA

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ISBN - 10:0850458978

ISBN - 13:9780850458978

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Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Origins and Rise of the Warrior Class · The Genpei War (1180-85) · The Kamakura Bakufu and Regency · War of the Northern and Southern Courts · The Muromachi Period · Warfare in Muromachi and Momoyama Japan · Sengoku Japan · Hashiba Hideyoshi · The Return of the Shogun · Arms and Armour: Heian and Kamakura Japan · Arms and Armour: Muromachi and Momoyama Japan · The Plates

Editorial Reviews

"A concise overview of Japanese history through the feudal years, with a glance at the class of Samurai, weapons and armour, and supplemented by an abundance of photographs, diagrams and illustrations." -Patty Papageorgiou, Historicus Forma (September 2005)