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  • The Kakure Kirishitan of Japanby Stephen Turnbull

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 195.00

    First major study in English of the Japanese 'hidden' Christians - the Kakure Kirishitan, who chose to remain separate from the Catholic Church when religious toleration was granted in 1873 - and the development of the faith and rituals from the 16th century to the present day. more...

  • Warriors of Medieval Japanby Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 12.99

    Combines material previously published as Warrior 29: Ashigaru 1467-1649, Warrior 64: Ninja AD 1460-1650, Warrior 70: Japanese Warrior Monks AD 949-1603, with a new section on Samurai, new images, and a new introduction and conclusion. The samurai remain the best known warriors of medieval Japan, but they were by no means the only fighting elite. There... more...

  • The Samurai and the Sacredby Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 10.99

    The samurai were celebrated warriors, but they were also deeply spiritual men whose religious beliefs sustained and inspired their forays into battle. In this entirely original work, Stephen Turnbull, a leading authority on Japanese history and author of more than 50 books, reveals the soul of the samurai in a thoughtful exploration of the religions... more...

  • Samurai - The World of the Warriorby Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 12.99

    The world of the samurai - the legendary elite warrior cult of old Japan - has for too long been associated solely with military history and has remained a mystery to the general reader. In this exciting new book, Stephen Turnbull, the world's leading authority on the samurai, goes beyond the battlefield to paint a picture of the samurai as they really... more...

  • War in Japan 1467-1615by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    In 1467 the Onin War ushered in a period of unrivalled conflict and rivalry in Japan that came to be called the Age of Warring States or Sengoku Jidai. In this book Stephen Turnbull offers a masterly exposition of the Sengoku Jidai, detailing the factors that led to Japan's disintegration into warring states after more than a century of peace; the... more...

  • The Samurai Swordsmanby Stephen Turnbull

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 44.95

    The word "samurai" evokes intense images of indomitable warriors, expert swordsmen capable of taking on overwhelming odds-and emerging victorious. But this popular image only brushes the surface of the samurai tradition. The Samurai Swordsman: Master of War brings to life the history behind the courageous and highly disciplined fighting men of early... more...

  • The Ottoman Empire 1326-1699by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 17.95

    The Ottoman Empire and its conflicts provide one of the longest continuous narratives in military history. Its rulers were never overthrown by a foreign power and no usurper succeeded in taking the throne. At its height under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Empire became the most powerful state in the world - a multi-national, multilingual... more...

  • Samurai Armies 1467-1649by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 15.95

    The Sengoku Jidai or "Age of Warring States" is the time of the samurai - Japan's military aristocracy. A period of endemic warfare where the absence of unifying central control led to constant struggles between the daimyo (or "Great Names") who sought to protect and extend the influence of their respective families through political and military means.... more...

  • The Samuraiby Stephen Turnbull

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 73.95

    This is the authoritative reference on samurai life and warfare published outside of Japan. more...

  • Katana: The Samurai Swordby Stephen Turnbull; Johnny Shumate

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 14.49

    The Samurai sword of Japan is probably the finest edged weapon ever made. This volume, written by leading Samurai expert Stephen Turnbull, reveals the story of how and why it achieved this distinction, from the sword's unique metallurgy to its use in combat, where one stroke often decided the victor. Particular attention is paid to the development... more...