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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...

  • 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

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

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 47 Roninby John Allyn; Stephen Turnbull

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 16.95

    Now a major motion picture starring Keanu Reeves! 47 Ronin is the unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. This set off a chain of events that led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history. In the process, it also created a... more...