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The Samurai Sourcebook (Arms & Armour Source Books) Paperback – 23 Mar 2000


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (23 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854095234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854095237
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most comprehensive encyclopaedia of samurai life and war
In this book I provide comprehensive data about the samurai. Some of the information you have seen before - inevitable in a work like this, but nearly all the illustrations are new, and you wil also find lots of new research on armour, weapons and campaigns, including a full list of samurai and heraldry and a huge gazeteer of battles with maps. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr Stephen Turnbull has made himself the world¿s expert on the Samurai, using his years of diligent research to publish a whole series of bestselling Samurai histories. He is widely employed as a consultant authority on Japanese history and religion.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Kitano on 22 May 2000
Format: Paperback
This book has a wealth of well researched and useful information. Chapters on family names and heraldry, battles and tactics and all of the technologies used by the Samurai are well researched if a little brief occasionally. Provided it is used as a reference book rather than as a step into a new world for the reader the book has nearly every facet of information or at least enough to start an investigation in to the lives of the Samurai families and their art. An excellant and well presented information book with subsections describing in depth the changing systems of warfare and attitude. The book should be used as a 'addition' to information already gained elsewhere. A concise and sometimes brief explanation of many of the details of Samurai life. Not for beginners!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Meredith on 7 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
I have an interest in the Samurai but bought this book expecting something a little different. The book is quite technical and historical and will give pure fact about Samurai. In one way this is good and if you require a good many pages listing battles that have been fought, and the things that they wore etc. then the book scores highly. If you're looking for a book to read from start to end then this book may not be the one for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Oct. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Wow!! If you need to know about Samurai get this book!! or any others by this authour, he sure knows his stuff!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Finnerty on 18 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I found the Samurai source book to be a very informative read to say the least!I have some knowledge of the sengoku jidai period{through martial arts studies and I have a couple of history\archaeology degrees},however S.Turbull gives more than the feudal aspects within the source book{and much I did not know!}.He delves into Japans early samurai and includes the aspects of the religious\political intrigue\traditions within Japan throughout this fine book.I strongly would advise anyone interested in millitary history\Samurai warfare to buy this source book.A fine addition to any library that manages to keep you reading page after page.All material within the book has been researched by S.Turnbull over some years and includes clan mons\history\battles\historical incidents all within an easily accessed text.I honestly cannot recommend this book highly enough in so short a review.Best book I have read for some time!!!
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