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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...

  • Samurai Armies 1550-1615by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    In 1543 three Portuguese merchants entered a turbulent Japan, bringing with them the first firearms the Japanese had ever seen: simple matchlock muskets called arquebuses. They proved a decisive addition to the Japanese armoury, as for centuries the samurai had fought only with bow, sword and spear. In 1575, one of the greatest original thinkers in... more...

  • Samurai Women 1184-1877by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 14.95

    From when the Empress Jingo-kogo led an invasion of Korea while pregnant with the future Emperor Ojin, tales of female Japanese warriors have emerged from Japan's rich history. Using material that has never been translated into English before, this book presents the story of Japan's female warriors for the first time, revealing the role of the women... more...

  • The Samurai Capture a King - Okinawa 1609by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 9.95

    A brilliant but little-known operation, the Shimazu clan raid on the independent kingdom of Ryukyu (modern Okinawa) in 1609 is one of the most extraordinary episodes in samurai history and the culmination of centuries of rivalry between the two powers. The defeat of the Shimazu at Sekigahara in 1600, and their need to win favour with the new Shogun,... more...

  • Pirate of the Far Eastby Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 14.95

    Feared throughout the Far East, Japanese pirates were likened to 'black demons' and 'flood dragons'. For centuries relations between Japan, Korea and China were carried out through a bizarre trinity of war, trade and piracy. The piracy, which combined the other elements in a violent blend of free enterprise, is the subject of this original and exciting... more...

  • Osaka 1615by Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 15.95

    In 1614-15 Osaka Castle was Japan's greatest fortification, measuring approximately 2 miles in length with walls 100 feet high. It was guarded by 100,000 samurai, determined to defend the last of the once-powerful Toyotomi clan. The castle was seemingly impenetrable; however, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the ruling dynasty, was determined to destroy... more...