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Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and the samurai. He has travelled extensively in the far east, particularly in Japan and Korea and is the author of ‘The Samurai - A Military History’ and Men-at-Arms 86: ‘Samurai Armies 1550-1615’.

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Product Details

  • Series: Essential Histories (Book 46)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (August 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841764809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841764801
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Richard Turnbull is a historian specializing in eastern military history, especially the samurai of Japan. The books he wrote are mainly on Japanese and Mongolian subjects. He attended Cambridge University where he gained his first degree. He currently holds an MA in Theology, MA in Military History and a PhD from the University of Leeds where he is currently a lecturer in Far Eastern Religions. He has also written a number of books on other medieval topics. He was on the editorial board of the short-lived Medieval History Magazine (2003-2005), which was published in association with the Royal Armouries. He was a consultant for the widely successful PC game Shogun: Total War and also its well-received sequel Shogun 2: Total War, both products of Creative Assembly, as well as the upcoming film 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By T. Hooper on April 20, 2004
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Turnbull does an excellent job of introducing the Sengoku Period (Warring States Period) of Japanese history. During this period, Japan was shattered into dozens of minor statelets. This period see the destruction of the shogunate, a long period of civil wars between the statelets, and the eventual reunification of Japan and the return of the shogunate under the Tokugawa. This period is of particular interest to fans of the samurai. This period is the last time in history in which samurai were the fierce warriors they are depicted to be. After this period, the samurai become glorified bureaucrats during the 250 years of peace during the Tokugawa shogunate. They only take up arms for a brief period during the fall of the shogunate, but it doesn't match anything that happened during the Sengoku Period.
This book is a fairly thin volume at only 96 pages. However, it is filled with lots of details and colorful illustrations. For samurai fans, this can serve as a great introduciton to the history of the greatest period of the samurai.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oren Bernstein on April 27, 2013
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The basic facts of the period are lain out quite well, but it's a very dry read, and often confusing, due to the enormous proliferation of names and also due to a lot of chronological jumping around.
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By Justin on March 22, 2014
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I read this book having prior knowledge of this time period, but lacked the specific knowledge of how warfare was conducted. This is a great general overview that divides Sengoku Japan into understandable parts and then moves forward in time from a geographical starting point and typically a specific clan or person.
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By David Proctor on April 23, 2013
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I have read some of his other books on Japan and the samurai and picked this one up. Some new information but not anything earth shattering
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By Dean M. on February 18, 2014
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Great book fast delivery.general outline of historic actions.great pictures not seen before.good for introduction
Of the time periods 1467-1615 and major characters.
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