Samurai. A Concise History.

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An approachable introduction to the samurai class and its influence on Japan. It traces the samurai throughout history, exploring their roles in events such as Japan's invasions of Korea at the close of the 16th century and the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877.

The idea of the sword-wielding samurai, beholden to a strict ethical code and trained in deadly martial arts, dominates popular conceptions of the samurai. As early as the late seventeenth century, they were heavily featured in literature, art, theater, and even comedy, from the Tale of the Heike to the kabuki retellings of the 47 Ronin. This legacy remains with us today in the legendary Akira Kurosawa films, the shoguns of HBO's Westworld, and countless renditions of samurai history in anime, manga, and video games. Acknowledging these common depictions, this book gives readers access to the real samurai as they lived, fought, and served.

Much as they capture the modern imagination, the samurai commanded influence over the politics, arts, philosophy and religion of their own time, and ultimately controlled Japan from the fourteenth century until their demise in the mid-nineteenth century. On and off the battlefield, whether charging an enemy on horseback or currying favor at the imperial court, their story is one of adventures and intrigues, heroics and misdeeds, unlikely victories and devastating defeats.

Auteur Michael Wert
Uitgever Oxford University Press
Taal Engels  
Jaar van uitgave 2019
Afmetingen 14 x 21 cm
Kenmerken Hardcover, 128 pagina's, 10 zwart-wit illustraties
ISBN 9780190932947