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Samurai Commanders by Stephen Turnbull
Book DescriptionOsprey's examination of Samurai commanders during the Gempei Wars (1180 1185), the Onin War (1467 1477), and the early Sengoku period. The samurai were the military elite of medieval and early modern Japan, and the men who led them were hailed as the very greatest, most heroic and most honourable of all samurai warriors. This first of two books examines the lives, equipment, battles and wider roles of the samurai commanders between 940 and 1576, the period from the emergence of the samurai to the triumph of Oda Nobunaga, who set Japan on the road to reunification. The styles of armour and weaponry of the samurai changed considerably during this time and this book visually recreates some of the most famous samurai commanders, such as Taira Masaka (c. 903-940), Minamoto Yorimasa (1106-1180), and Takeda Shingen (1521-1573)."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841767437
(248mm x 184mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen Turnbull
Samurai in 100 Objects, Paperback (February 2017)
The fascinating world of the samurai as seen through arms and armour, places and images.
Samurai, Hardback (August 2016)
The world of the samurai, the legendary elite warrior cult of old Japan, has for too long been associated solely with military history and has remained a mystery. In this book, the author, the world's leading authority on the samurai, goes beyond the battlefield to paint a picture of the samurai as they really were.
Gempei War 1180-85, Paperback (July 2016)
An illustrated account of The Gempei War - a conflict that defined the age and the ethos of the samurai. It examines the events of the five-year long conflict, revealing the changes that the war inflicted on Japanese culture and the establishment of many of the traditions of the samurai.
Kakure Kirishitan of Japan, Paperback (January 2016)» View all books by Stephen Turnbull
First major study in English of the Japanese 'hidden' Christians - the Kakure Kirishitan, who chose to remain separate from the Catholic Church when religious toleration was granted in 1873 - and the development of the faith and rituals from the 16th century to the present day.
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Author Biography - Stephen Turnbull
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 he has received the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award for his work on Japanese history. Stephen is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds.
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