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A History of the Samurai

Legendary Warriors of Japan

Jonathan Lopez-Vera Russell Calvert Russell Calvert



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01 July 2020
History; Asian history; Military history; Weapons & equipment; Combat sports & self-defence
A History of the Samurai tells the complete story of Japan's legendary warrior class from beginning to end-an epic tale of intrigue, bloodshed and bravery that is central to an understanding of the Japanese character and of Japanese history.

It describes in detail the core Samurai philosophy of Bushido, 'the way of the warrior' a complex code of conduct embracing ideals of honour and loyalty that continues to govern the Japanese way of life today.

Historian Jonathan Lopez-Vera offers a compelling look at these enigmatic warriors including:

The lives of famous Samurai-Miyamoto Musashi, Japan's greatest swordsman, Tomoe Gozen, the woman who became a Samurai, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the last Shogun and many more. The tragic tale of the 47 Ronin who chose honour over their own lives and were forced to commit ritual suicide after avenging their fallen master The philosophy of Bushido, 'the Way of the Warrior,' the code of conduct that embraced the ideals of honour and loyalty and governed the Samurai way of living The decline of the Samurai and their transformation from rough, battle-hardened warriors to highly educated philosopher-poets Illustrated with 125 archival prints and photos, the nobility and grandeur of the Samurai is brilliantly showcased in this book. Readers will enjoy immersing themselves in the Samurai's world, as historian Jonathan Lopez-Vera traces the fascinating story of the rise and fall of these enigmatic warriors throughout Japanese history.
By:   Jonathan Lopez-Vera
Translated by:   Russell Calvert, Russell Calvert
Imprint:   Tuttle
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 130mm, 
Weight:   510g
ISBN:   9784805315354
ISBN 10:   4805315350
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jonathan Lopez-Vera has a PhD in Japanese History and an MA in World History from Pompeu Fabra University (Spain). He is a member of the Ethnographies, Cultural Encounters and Religious Missions (ECERM) research group and Research Group on Empires, Metropolis and Extra-European Societies (GRIMSE). He also runs the website and is co-editor of the journal Asiademica.

Reviews for A History of the Samurai: Legendary Warriors of Japan

Jonathan Lopez-Vera has done a stellar job here in essentially painting a broad historical picture of Japan through the context of its samurai class. -Books & Bao The author debunks the myths of the subject, without losing the fascinating aspects of Japanese [history]. An exemplary, fact-based narrative that will delight all those who are curious about these warriors of the Far East...Lopez-Vera's book has all the features to make it as appealing and understandable as possible for a non-academic audience. - El Nacional newspaper Lopez-Vera's book sows a series of historical pearls that are a delight all on their own. - El Peso Del Aire blog ...a thorough investigation into these warriors. - Sapiens magazine In A History of the Samurai there are seven centuries of battles, intrigues, invasion attempts and great characters with exciting biographies. - 20 Minutos newspaper

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