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Shogunate Japan : 800 years of military control and its influence on the modern nation by Sarah KempJapan's Shogunate period lasted from 1192 to 1867, with only occasional breaks from military government. This is the story of Emperors with prestige but little power, and of Shoguns who used political cunning and military force to control the nation. Dedicated soldiers, known as samurai, fought the Shogun's battles and maintained civil order among the population. This book explores the styles of the many Shoguns until the Meiji Restoration. Shogunate Japan is the origin of the military tradition that continues to influence Japan today.
The Samurai - Swords, Shoguns and Seppuku by Ben HubbardThe true nature of the Japanese samurai warrior is an elusive and endlessly fascinating enigma for those in the West. From their inauspicious beginnings as barbarian-subduing soldiers, the samurai lived according to a code known as bushido - or 'way of the warrior'. Bushido- advocated loyalty, honour, pride and fearlessness in combat. Those who broke the code were expected to perform seppuku, or suicide through stomach-cutting. By its very design, seppuku aimed to restore honour to disgraced warriors by ensuring the most painful of deaths. However, the bushido- virtues of loyalty and honour fell into question as the samurai grew powerful enough to wrest control from the emperor himself.Accompanied by vivid colour illustrations, The Samurai offers a complete, concise account of samurai history and culture. It tells the story of the rise of the samurai as a martial elite, the warriors' centuries long struggle for power and their long slide into obsolescence.
Call Number: 952 HUB
Ancient Japan by Fiona MacdonaldStep back in time more than 30,000 years, to when the first settlers reached Japan and a highly sophisticated civilization was born. Explore the grand palaces of regal emperors and shoguns, be amazed by the fighting skills of the feuding samurai, and admire the exquisite embroidery of the palace women's glossy silk kimonos. Step-by-step projects allow you to delve into everyday life and find out about ancient Japanese foods, skills and fashions - make delicious rice balls, try your hand at the delicate art of calligraphy, and sculpt a netsuke toggle.
Call Number: 952.01 MAC
Japan by Richard TamesContents: Exploring Japan -- In the shadow of China -- Shoguns and Samurai -- The coming of the Barbarians -- Opening up -- The new Japan.
Call Number: 952 TAM
Japan from Shogun to Superstate by Stuart FewsterThe first half of this comprehensive textbook is a clear narrative account of Japanese history from the days of the shogun to the present. The second half is devoted to thematic chapters which trace developments in Japanese history; this context is then put to use in interpreting the current situation in Japan in the context of past events.
Call Number: 952.03 FEW
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The Samurai by Ben HubbardThe true nature of the samurai warrior is an elusive and endlessly fascinating enigma for those in the west. From their inauspicious beginnings as barbarian-subduing soldiers, the samurai lived according to a code known as bushido, or 'Way of the Warrior'. Bushido advocated loyalty, honour, pride and fearlessness in combat. Those who broke the code were expected to perform seppuku, or suicide through belly-slitting. By its very design, seppuku aimed to restore honour to disgraced warriors by ensuring the most painful of deaths. But as the samurai grew into large warrior clans, the bushido virtues of loyalty and honour fell into question, as control was seized and the emperor supplanted by a powerful military ruler, the shogun. Samurai tells the story of the ensuing centuries-long struggle for power between the clans, as Japan's martial elite rose and fell.
The book series Samurai Kids by Sandy Fussell are fast-paced, action-filled tales that draw on true details of feudal Japan. These books are located in the fiction collection under the call number ADVENTURE FUSSELL.