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Binding: Hardcover
Dewey Decimal Number: 952.01092
EAN: 9780471760825
ISBN: 047176082X
Label: Wiley
Manufacturer: Wiley
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2007-11-16
Publisher: Wiley
Studio: Wiley

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A portrait of Japan's first significant samurai leader and his world

Was samurai warrior Taira Masakado a quixotic megalomaniac or a hero swept up by events beyond his control? Did he really declare himself to be the "New Emperor"? Did he suffer divine retribution for his ego and ambition? Filled with insurrections, tribal uprisings, pirate disturbances, and natural disasters, this action-packed account of Masakado's insurrection offers a captivating introduction to the samurai, their role in 10th-century society, and the world outside the capital-a must-read for those interested in early Japan, samurai warfare, or the mystique of ancient warriors.

Karl Friday (Athens, GA) is a Professor of History at the University of Georgia. A renowned expert on the samurai and early Japanese history, he has authored four books and appeared on numerous A&E;, History, and Discovery Channel programs. He is active on several Web forums.

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