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Stephen Turnbull, the world's leading authority on the samurai, goes beyond the battlefield to paint a picture of the samurai as they really were.

This book explores the samurai within the context of an all-encompassing warrior culture that was expressed through art and poetry as much as through violence.

Using themed chapters, Turnbull illuminates the samurai through their historical development and their relationship to the world around them – relationships that are shown to persist in Japan even today.

Table of Contents

1 The Samurai in a Nutshell
2 The Genuine Articles
3 A Passion for Ancestors
4 The Samurai Way of Death
5 Weapons of Mass Destruction
6 Shields of Stone
7 Samurai with a Pinch of Salt
8 The White Tigers
9 Last of the Samurai
Epilogue: The Paradox of Tranquillity


Product details

Published 20 Sep 2011
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 224
ISBN 9781849089968
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 2 b/w; 9 col
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Stephen Turnbull

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