The Samurai

The Samurai

by Stephen Turnbull


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Bound by a strict code of honor and driven by a fierce sense of loyalty, the elite fighting class of medieval Japan – the samurai – were some of the most feared and respected warriors of all time. But it was not war alone that shaped their lives. In this lavishly illustrated book, Stephen Turnbull exposes the vibrant and exciting world of the samurai and reveals an all-encompassing warrior culture that was expressed as much through art and poetry as through violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472840424
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 05/16/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 554,885
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stephen Turnbull is the one of the world's leading English-language authorities on samurai culture. He took his first degree at Cambridge and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University. In 1996 he received a PhD from Leeds for his thesis on Japan's Kakure Kirishitan. In its published form the work won the Japan Festival Literary Award in 1998. Having lectured in East Asian Studies and Theology he is now retired and is an Honorary Lecturer at Leeds, a Research Associate at SOAS and Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University. He has published 73 books and many journal articles. His expertise was also put to use in helping design the award-winning computer strategy game Shogun Total War, and in 2010 he acted as Historical Adviser to Universal Pictures for the movie 47 Ronin. He is currently working on a major project tracing the historical evolution of the ninja as a cultural phenomenon.

Table of Contents

Contents TBC, but suggest it includes material taken from WOW Samurai: The World of the Warrior, Samurai and the Sacred, ELI 23 and WAR 7:

Introduction: First Samurai / First challenges and the Period of the Warring States


1. The Way of the Samurai
The Samurai
Daily life
Childhood / Box: coming of age
Dress and appearance

2. Bushido – the Way of the Warrior
Training / Box: training the mind
Box: 47 Ronan

3. Arms and Armour / 2pp text box on Katana

4. 'The way of the Samurai is found in death'

5. Samurai in War
Preparing for Combat, Battles and Sieges
Box: Mongol Invasions

6. Strongholds
Evolution of Japanese Castles
The Nagashino Effect
Box: Korea

7. The Last Samurai


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