Heavenly Warriors: Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300
A Hardback edition by William Wayne Farris in English (Feb 22, 1993)
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Short Description: The word samurai suggests the colorful figure of a lightly armored, mounted archer attended by two or three foot soldiers engaging in ritualized one-on-one combat, the aristocratic... Read more
The word samurai suggests the colorful figure of a lightly armored, mounted archer attended by two or three foot soldiers engaging in ritualized one-on-one combat, the aristocratic fighting man of the Kamakura Shogunate (1185-1333). Although some historians have considered the rise of the samurai as analogous to the rather abrupt rise of feudal knights in medieval Western Europe, Farris provides an "evolutionary model" for Japan that traces the step-by-step adaptive development of local strongmen over more than half a millennium. Through analyses of military technology and tactics, social organization, economic base, and political skills, mainly based on Japanese primary sources, Farris demonstrates some of the underlying continuities in that development together with the rather late acquisition by warriors of those political capabilities that led to the dominance of the Shogunate over the Court.
Japan's original Heavenly Warrior, the Emperor Temmu, declared in 684, "In a government, military matters are the essential thing." Farris's detailed descriptions and maps of major battles from the Korean Wars of the sixth century through the thirteenth-century Mongol Invasions underscore the validity of that judgment. Finally, Minamoto no Yoritomo triumphed as "the chief of all warriors," and established his Shogunate in 1185, giving a firmer political base to Japan's warrior elite.
Heavenly Warriors Hardback edition by William Wayne Farris
- William Wayne Farris
- Harvard East Asian Monographs
- Harvard University Press
- Publication date
- Feb 22, 1993
- Product dimensions
- 159 x 241 x 38mm