Warriors of Japan as Portrayed in the War Tales

Paperback: $23.00
ISBN-13: 9780824816018
Published: July 1994
Hardback: $75.00
ISBN-13: 9780824815752
Published: July 1994

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292 pages
  • About the Book
  • A leading cultural historian of premodern Japan draws a rich portrait of the emerging samurai culture as it is portrayed in gunki-mono, or war tales, examining eight major works spanning the mid-tenth to late fourteenth centuries. Although many of the major war tales have been translated into English, Warriors of Japan is the first book-length study of the tales and their place in Japanese history. The war tales are one of the most important sources of knowledge about Japan's premodern warriors, revealing much about the medieval psyche and the evolving perceptions of warriors, warfare, and warrior customs.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Paul Varley, Author

      Author: Varley, Paul;
      Paul Varley is emeritus professor at Columbia University and Sen Soshitsu XV Professor of Japanese Cultural History at the University of Hawai'i.

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