Fighting Ships of the Far East (2): Japan and Korea AD 612-1639

Fighting Ships of the Far East (2): Japan and Korea AD 612-1639


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Over the centuries, naval relations between Japan and Korea appear to have alternated between peaceful trade and outright hostility. However, this impression can be misleading, as much of what passed for mercantile activity was in fact conducted by Japanese pirate fleets, who pillaged the coasts of Korea and China in a long-lasting tradition that culminated in the greatest pirate raid of all: Hideyoshi's invasion of Korea in 1592. This was the conflict that involved Ming China and almost dragged in Siam. It also led to Korea developing East Asia's most famous warship: the legendary turtle ship, which is described for the first time in full technical detail in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841764788
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/25/2003
Series: New Vanguard Series , #63
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 9.83(h) x 0.13(d)

About the Author

Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and the samurai. He has travelled extensively in the far east, particularly in Japan and Korea and is the author of 'The Samurai - A Military History' and Men-at-Arms 86: 'Samurai Armies 1550-1615'.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Fighting Ships and Naval Warfare in Japan and Korea · Techniques and Types of Korean Ships and Shipbuilding · Korean Shipboard Armaments · Korean Fighting Ships in Action · Techniques and Types of Japanese Ships and Shipbuilding · Japanese Shipboard Armaments · Japanese Fighting Ships in Action · Suggestions for Further Reading · Colour plate Commentary · Index

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