Research Notes Izaiah Asher

samurai history

Reference Books

The samurai : a military history
Turnbull, Stephen R.
New York : Macmillan, 1977.
Chapters used:
Gods and heroes: Pretty similar to Greek mythology there are many gods with lots of stories on how things came to be.
Buddha and Bushi: There was lots of war and that's how the samurai came to be because nobody wanted to kill because that was considered spiritual pollution. The samurai came from a long lineage of royal people. And the Bushido was the ancient way of the warrior. pg 15
Decline and Triumph

The way of the samurai
Storry, Richard, Forman, Werner.
New York, N.Y. : Mayflower, 1981, c1978.
Chapters used:
Samurai in Society: Samurais who had wives had little time for them and was much more common for them to not have a wife. pg 96

Samurai and the culture of Japan's great peace
Drixler, Fabian Franz,Peabody Museum of Natural History, Fleming, William D., Wheeler, Robert George.
New Haven : Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, c2015

Chapters used:
Samurai and the Culture of Japan's Great peace:

The Art and Science of the Sword: Pg 15 A common misconception "As a weapon the samurai sword was not all that important. Bows, spears, and (from the 1550s) guns decided most battles. What set the sword apart from other arms was the beauty and mystery of its craftsmanship". The samurai sword for a long time has already been a museum piece long before the first American museum opened its doors. The samurai sword was more of a symbol of hierarchy and domination in society rather than a tool of destruction.

Samurai Aesthetics: Extravagance and Restraint: Much like their sword all of their items made from lacquer and most of there things had no practical purpose. It was all to show their wealth and status.

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