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  • Samuri Class History Help!

    I have a History report due and my topic is on the history of the Samuri class in Japan. What are some good websites on this topic.
    My report only has to be two and a half pages long so I do not need to go into detail all that much.

    Thanks you all for you time.

  • #2
    Here's one for you:

    http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2127.html
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    • #3
      A good book to read is "A Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi. The same Musashi the japanese named their second mega-battlehsip after, in WWII, sister of the Yamato.

      Musashi was a Ronin, wandering Samurai, during the 16th century. He spent the last years of his life as a hermit. The book is a product of that period in his life. The version I read has a brief, but good intro and history of the age.

      I have the start of an essay, online, I once wrote: http://www.embrown.com/musashi.shtml

      I wouldn't call it definitive, but it could help.

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      • #4
        I would reccomend Secrets of the Samurai by Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook. It contains loads of information on their culture, weapons, and fighting techniques. Also, if you have the time or interest for long (LONG) books, the novel Taiko by Eiji Yoshikawa is excellent and very well written.
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        • #5
          Dr. Turnbull!

          Most of the books written by Dr. Stephen Turnbull are great for the history, organization, and fighting tactics of Samurai.

          He does have some Osprey Publishing books available (these tend to be short mini-books).

          Also this depends on what era of samurai you want: the early formation (c. 700 CE), the rise of the shogun (c. 1100 to 1573 CE - actually 2 shogunates), the warring states (c. 1490s to 1603 CE), and the Tokugawa shogunate (1603 to 1868 CE). Dr. Turnbull tends to concentrate more on the warring states period.

          But for websites:

          www.samurai-archives.com is good :thumb:
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