Samurai

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Random House, 2011/02/10 - 400 ページ
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The name 'Samurai' is synonymous with the ultimate warrior. With their elaborate armour, fierce swordsmanship and code of honour, the samurai have become iconic figures whose influence can still be felt today . From Kurosawa's epic Seven Samurai to the figure of Darth Vader in Star Wars, to Manga comics and video games, the figure of the fighting samurai still inspires us today. In John Man's new book we discover the truth behind the legend.

From his birth in the shadow of the great volcano Sakurajima, to his glorious death by ritual suicide and disembowelment, Saigo Takamori was the ultimate Samurai leader. His fall brought about the end of hundreds of years of Samurai tradition and in many ways marks the birth of modern Japan. Saigo was a man trapped by paradox: a faithful servant to the emperor, and yet a leader of rebel troops; a mighty Samurai warrior, and also a master of Chinese poetry. His life, and ultimately his death, offer a window into the hundreds of years of culture and tradition that defined the samurai.

 

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SAMURAI: A History

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Man, a crack biographer of Asian historical figures (Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warriors, 2012, etc.), tenders a survey of the samurai, the equivalent of Japan's feudal knights.This is a well ... レビュー全文を読む

目次

Out of the Volcano
1
Beginnings
9
A Young Life Transformed
25
A Short History of Swords
51
The Coming of the Americans
62
Cutting the Belly
71
New World New Life
83
Bushido
100
Into the Maelstrom
157
The Unhappy Revolutionary
180
l4 The Accidental Rebel
197
Failure at Kurnamoto
211
Retreat
236
The Long Road to Death
250
Saigos Last Stand
259
Transfiguration
272

A Death in Kinko Bay
111
Exile and a New Life
119
A Brief Taste of Power
130
The Prisoner
136

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John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Japan and China. His books have been published in over twenty languages. His previous books include The Great Wall, Xanadu, Attila and the bestselling Genghis Khan.

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