- Series: World of the Warrior
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Osprey Publishing (October 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841767409
- ISBN-13: 978-1841767406
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Samurai: The World of the Warrior Hardcover – October 30, 2003
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About the Author
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 also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognised by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds.
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The Samurai are bit idealized by the later-day world and popularized by the popular culture with such films as the Last Samurai. The Samurai culture is strange to Westerners, whether their acceptance of ritual suicide or the ritualized revenge. But Turnbull tries to shed light on the subject, motivations and the lore of the samurai. This old feudal martial order under the daimyo had their good qualities, however, we should not ignore the reality that they embodied an oligarchy that essentially lorded over Japan while tyrannizing the populace for centuries on end. Overall, the Meiji Restoration which ended their artificial system of patronage at the expense of the common man was a good thing.
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with information. It not only gives a summery but explains the live a death of a proud warrior.Read more