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  • Scottish Samuraiby Alexander McKay

    Canongate Books 2012; US$ 15.79

    Thomas Glover arrived in Nagasaki in 1859, just as Japan was opening to the West. Within a few years he had played a crucial part in the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate, providing the rebels with war-winning, Scottish-designed warships, and modern arms. Bankruptcy by the age of thirty was barely a setback and he went on to become a pivotal figure... more...

  • Nagashino 1575by Stephen Turnbull; Howard Gerrard

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    Osprey's examination of the campaign at Nagashino in 1575. 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... more...

  • Ninja AD 1460-1650by Stephen Turnbull; Wayne Reynolds

    Osprey Publishing 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...

  • Resistant Islandsby Gavan McCormack; Satoko Oka Norimatsu

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2012; US$ 28.99

    Resistant Islands offers the first comprehensive overview of Okinawan history from earliest times to the present, focusing especially on the recent period of colonization by Japan, its disastrous fate during World War II, and its current status as a glorified US military base. The issue of the base is a hot button in Japan and has become more... more...

  • Japan's Siberian Intervention, 1918?1922by Paul E. Dunscomb

    Lexington Books 2012; US$ 34.99

    The first complete narrative of Japan's Siberian Intervention in either Japanese or English placing the intervention in the context of the evolution of Japanese imperialism and of its domestic politics. It represents a missing link in the larger narrative of Japan's quest for modernity through empire and the ambivalent relationship of the Japanese... more...

  • Samurai 1550-1600by Anthony Bryant; Angus Mcbride

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 14.95

    This title details the culture, weapons, armour and training of the elite samurai warrior class in the fascinating Age of Battles period (1550-1600). This was a period of vital importance not only because of the political effects of the chaos but also due to the changes in warfare that occurred. In 1542 the Portuguese introduced the matchlock musket... more...

  • Beauty In Disarrayby Harumi Setouchi; Sanford Goldstein; Kazuji Ninomiya

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 18.95

    Setouchi was eminently qualified to write this historical novel on women's liberation in Japan, which had its roots in sexual politics, socialism, and anarchism, movements in decline following the famous massacre after the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo and neighboring prefectures on September 1, 1923. Among those put to death in the... more...

  • Shinohataby Ronald Dore

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 19.99

    Not many foreigners have the chance to live in a Japanese village, certainly not foreigners who are sufficiently at home to do so as unobtrusively and intimately as the author of this book. Ronald Dore went to Shinohata twenty years ago when he was studying the land reform which broke the power of Japan's landlords. He went back many times thereafter... more...

  • Shinsengumiby Romulus Hillsborough

    Tuttle Publishing 2013; US$ 16.95

    Shinsengumi: The Shogun's last Samurai Corps is the true story of the notorious samurai corps formed in 1863 to arrest or kill the enemies of the Tokugawa Shogun. The only book in English about the Shinsengumi, it focuses on the corps' two charismatic leaders, Kondo Isami and Hijikata Toshizo, both impeccable swordsmen. It is a history–in–brief of... more...

  • Bending Adversityby David Pilling

    Penguin Publishing Group 2014; US$ 29.95

    ?[A]n excellent book...? ? The Economist Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese citizenry, including novelist Haruki Murakami, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists and artists,... more...