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A Brief History of the Samurai by Jonathan Clements
  

A Brief History of the Samurai

Part of the Brief Histories Series

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A Brief History of the Samurai by Jonathan Clements

'Clements has a knack for writing suspenseful sure-footed conflict scenes: His recounting of the Korean invasion led by samurai and daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi reads like a thriller. If you're looking for a samurai primer, Clements' guide will keep you on the hook' Japan Times, reviewed as part of an Essential Reading for Japanophiles series From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.

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Clements has a knack for writing suspenseful sure-footed conflict scenes: His recounting of the Korean invasion led by samurai and daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi reads like a thriller. If you're looking for a samurai primer, Clements
guide will keep you on the hook

* Japan Times, reviewed as part of an Essential Reading for Japanophiles series *


About the Author

Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian history, including biographies of Empress Wu, Admiral Togo, the statesman Prince Saionji and Coxinga, the Japanese-born 'pirate king'. He divides his time between London, England and Jyvaskyla, Finland, and his website is www.muramasaindustries.com.

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Book Info

Publication date

20th October 2003

Author

Jonathan Clements

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Publisher

Robinson Publishing an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Asian history
Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500

ISBN

9781845299477

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