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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...

  • Toyotomi Hideyoshiby Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 9.95

    Arguably the greatest military commander in the history of the samurai, Toyotomi Hideyoshi rose from the ranks of the peasantry to rule over all Japan. A student of the great unifier Oda Nobunaga, Hideyoshi would later avenge themurder of his master at the battle of Yamazaki. After consolidating his position, Hideyoshi went on the offensive, conquering... more...

  • Nagashino 1575by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 15.95

    When Portuguese traders took advantage of the constant violence in Japan to sell the Japanese their first firearms, one of the quickest to take advantage of this new technology was the powerful daimyo Oda Nobunaga. In 1575 the impetuous Takeda Katsuyori laid siege to Nagashino castle, a possession of Nobunaga's ally, Tokugawa Ieyasu. An army was... 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...