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  • The Samurai Capture a King: Okinawa 1609by Stephen Turnbull; Richard Hook

    Osprey Publishing 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...

  • Samurai Women 1184-1877by Stephen Turnbull; Giuseppe Rava

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 13.99

    Ever since 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...

  • Hatamotoby Stephen Turnbull; Richard Hook

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 14.95

    Osprey's elite series title for Japan's samurai horse and foot guards, from 1540 to 1724. Each great samurai warlord, or daimyo, had a 'household division' of troops, known as the Hatamoto - 'those who stand under the flag'. The Hatamoto included the personal bodyguards, both horse (uma mawari) and foot (kachi); the senior generals (bugyo), the standard... 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 Russo-Japanese War 1904-05by Alexei Ivanov; Andrei Karachtchouk

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 13.95

    The Russo-Japanese War in Manchuria was the first 20th century conflict fought between the regular armies of major powers, employing the most modern means ? machine guns, trench warfare, minefields and telephone communications; and the battle of Mukden in March 1905 was the largest clash of armies in world history up to that date. Events were followed... 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...

  • Shoshamanby Shinya Arai

    University of California Press 1991; US$ 30.95

    Acknowledging no god but the corporate good, the shoshamen?high-powered professionals within Japan's integrated trading companies?serve as the unrelenting cogs of an economic machine. Or do they? Shoshaman takes us inside the world of Japan Inc. to explore the daily lives of the people who inhabit it. Written by a senior executive in a major sogo... more...

  • Inventing Japanby Ian Buruma

    Random House Publishing Group 2003; US$ 15.00

    In a single short book as elegant as it is wise, Ian Buruma makes sense of the most fateful span of Japan?s history, the period that saw as dramatic a transformation as any country has ever known. In the course of little more than a hundred years from the day Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in his black ships, this insular, preindustrial realm mutated... more...

  • Hidden Horrorsby Yuki Tanaka

    Westview Press 1997; US$ 29.99

    This book documents for the first time previously hidden Japanese atrocities in World War II, including cannibalism; the slaughter and starvation of prisoners of war; the rape, enforced prostitution, and murder of noncombatants; and biological warfare experiments.The author describes how desperate Japanese soldiers consumed the flesh of their own... more...