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  • The Kakure Kirishitan of Japanby Stephen Turnbull

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 47.95

    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...

  • 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 Samuraiby Stephen Turnbull

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 73.95

    First published in 1977, The Samurai has long since become a standard work of reference. It continues to be the most authoritative work on samurai life and warfare published outside Japan. Set against the background of Japan's social and political history, the book records the rise and rise of Japan's extraordinary warrior class from earliest times... more...

  • The Samurai Invasion of Korea 1592-98by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 15.95

    Stephen Turnbull, a renowned expert on the history of Japan, examines the samurai invasion of Korea, the first step in an ambitious Japanese plan to conquer China. Examining the various stages of the war, from the pitched battles of the early war years, to the great naval encounters, the dramatic sieges and the bitter trench warfare that characterized... more...

  • Samurai Armies 1467-1649by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 15.95

    The Sengoku The Jidai, 'Age of Warring States', is the age of the samurai - the military aristocracy of Japan. This period, which lasted from the outbreak of the Onin War in 1467 to the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the early 17th century, was a period of endemic warfare, when a lack of central control led to constant struggles between... more...

  • The Ottoman Empire 1326-1699by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    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...

  • Siege Weapons of the Far East (1)by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    The prevalence of particular fortress types in medieval China, Mongolia, Japan and Korea demanded the evolution of different modes of siege warfare in each country. The wealthy walled towns of China, the mountain fortresses of Korea and the military outposts of Japan each presented different challenges to besieging forces, and this book reveals the... more...

  • The Walls of Constantinople AD 324-1453by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    The walls of Constantinople are the greatest surviving example of European medieval military architecture in the world. They withstood numerous sieges until being finally overcome by the artillery of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453, and exist today as a time capsule of Byzantine and Medieval history. This book examines the main defensive system protecting... more...

  • Siege Weapons of the Far East (2)by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    From the 11th century AD, East Asian armies made increasing use of exploding missiles and siege cannon to reduce the fortifications of their enemies. Some of these weapons were very similar to those used in Europe - for example, the heavy siege cannon used in the siege of P'yongyang during the Japanese invasion in the late 16th century. Others, like... more...

  • Ninja AD 1460-1650by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 14.95

    The Ninja were the secret agents and assassins of feudal Japan and they remain a subject of enduring fascination. They first emerged during the power struggles of 9th and 10th century Japan, in response to the increasing demand for spies, informants and even assassins, and they were used until the mid-1600s when they disappeared on account of a campaign... more...