Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD
The samurai warrior is famed throughout history for his strict martial code, intricately constructed armor, and distinctive katana sword. But samurai warfare and military culture is much misunderstood in the modern era. In this book, the history and development of samurai warfare is traced over 7 centuries, beginning with the historic dominance of the mounted, bow-armed samurai, moving through the introduction of naginata-wielding ashigaru (skirmishers) and pike formations, and finishing with the revolutionary introduction of firearms and cannon. The author analyzes the sucess of particular dynasties, such as the Ashikaga, Uesugi and Tokugawa clans, and examines the role of many of the great battlefield commanders. The book is illustrated throughout with more than 300 detailed drawings and color photographs showing the weapons, equipment, techniques and tactics of the samurai. Japanese terminology is explained in a clear and concise glossary.