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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.

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

Product details

Published 25 May 1989
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9780850458978
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 55 b/w; 10 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 23
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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