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Old June 8th, 2013, 06:02 PM   #21

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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Japans-Medieval-Population-Transformative-University/dp/B008TIMWLA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1370739023&sr=8-3&keywords=japans+medieval+population"]Japan's Medieval Population: Famine, Fertility, and Warfare in a Transformative Age by Farris, William Wayne published by University of Hawaii Press Hardcover: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZX4RloxiL.@@AMEPARAM@@51ZX4RloxiL[/ame]

Title- Japan's Medieval Population: Famine, Fertility, and Warfare in a Transformative Age
Author- William Wayne Farris
Pages-372
Date Published- 2006
Table of Contents- 1.Introduction 2. Mortality in Early Medieval Japan, 1150-1280 3. Agriculture, Labor, Commerce and Family Life, 1150-1280 4. Lowered Mortality and the "Muromachi Optimum", 1280-1450 5. Agriculture, Commerce and Fertility, 1280-1450 6. Mortality During the Warring States and Unification Eras, 1450-1600 7. Agriculture, Commerce, and Family Life, 1450-1600 8. Epilogue 9. Notes 10. Character List 11. Works Cited 12. Index
Brief Description- Farris uses a combination of land registers and death registers to evaluate the historical population of Japan from the mid 12th century through to the Sengoku Period.
Knowledge Level- Expert
Recommended- No. Its pretty pricy right now and I would only recommend it to someone who is really serious about studying Japanese history. A lot of jargon and a huge amount of facts and figures make it easy to get lost if you don't have a strong working knowledge of Japanese history.
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Samurai-Martial-Feudal-Japan/dp/4805309601"]Amazon.com: Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan (9784805309605): Oscar Ratti, Adele Westbrook: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61-QX-i101L.@@AMEPARAM@@61-QX-i101L[/ame]

Title- Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
Author(s)- Oscar Ratti & Adele Westbrook
Pages- 400
Date Published- 1973(1st edition)
Table of Contents- 1. Introduction 2. Part I The Exponents of Bujutsu(the bushi, the heimin, The centers of martial instruction) 3. Part II Outer Factors of Bujutsu(armed bujutsu, the major martial arts, the minor martial arts, the collateral methods of combat, unarmed bujutsu) 4. Part III Inner Factors of Bujutsu(control and power, application of haragei, strategical principles of application, morality of bujutsu) 5. Conclusion(the evolution of bujutsu)
6. Bibliography 7. Index
Brief Description- this book focuses mainly on the martial aspects of feudal Japan, richly describing both armed and unarmed methods of figthing(including the weapons and the martial arts of the heimin, the "commoners"). The volume is also adorned with high quality hand sketches and black-and-white drawings.
There is also a concise and rather basic description of the rise of Japan's military class, from the Heian period to the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Knowledge Level- Intermediate
Recommended- Yes( especially if you are interested in the history of Japanese martial arts; if you are only interested in samurai history in general, there are much more detailed and up-to-date books available)
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Title- Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
Author(s)- Oscar Ratti & Adele Westbrook
Pages- 400
Date Published- 1973(1st edition)
Table of Contents- 1. Introduction 2. Part I The Exponents of Bujutsu(the bushi, the heimin, The centers of martial instruction) 3. Part II Outer Factors of Bujutsu(armed bujutsu, the major martial arts, the minor martial arts, the collateral methods of combat, unarmed bujutsu) 4. Part III Inner Factors of Bujutsu(control and power, application of haragei, strategical principles of application, morality of bujutsu) 5. Conclusion(the evolution of bujutsu)
6. Bibliography 7. Index
Brief Description- this book focuses mainly on the martial aspects of feudal Japan, richly describing both armed and unarmed methods of figthing(including the weapons and the martial arts of the heimin, the "commoners"). The volume is also adorned with high quality hand sketches and black-and-white drawings.
There is also a concise and rather basic description of the rise of Japan's military class, from the Heian period to the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Knowledge Level- Intermediate
Recommended- Yes( especially if you are interested in the history of Japanese martial arts; if you are only interested in samurai history in general, there are much more detailed and up-to-date books available)
The book that got it all started for me. If you can look past the whole part about spontaneous combustion, its still an excellent reference.
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The book that got it all started for me. If you can look past the whole part about spontaneous combustion, its still an excellent reference.
It was my very first book on samurai stuff too!!
Yes, the part about inner energy can be described as "controversial".
Please let me know in case of omissions and/or errors in my entry.(I have noticed that the table of contents of the volume I own[the one I used] is slighly different from the one on books.google...Maybe it's only a matter of translation[I have the Italian version].
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Japonius-Tyrannus-Japonica-Neerlandica-Jeroen/dp/9074822223/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365990334&sr=1-1&keywords=japonius+tyrannus"]Japonius Tyrannus (Japonica Neerlandica): Jeroen Lamers: 9789074822220: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ndr3A8rkL.@@AMEPARAM@@41ndr3A8rkL[/ame]

Title- Japonius Tyrannus :The Japanese Warlord Oda Nobunaga Reconsidered
Author- Jeroen Lamers
Pages- 280
Date Published- 2000
Table of Contents- 1. Introduction 2. Building a power base: Nobunaga as provincial warlord 3. The road to Kyoto: 1533-1568 4. The dual power structure: 1568-1571 5. The breakdown of the Bakufu: 1572-1573 6. Years of Success: 1574-1575 7. Azuchi Castle, town and residents 8. Years of adversity: 1576-1580 9. The pacification of the Honganji and other religious solutions 10. Radical measures, gradual reform 11. Climax and anticlimax: 1581-1582
Brief Description- The definitive study of Oda Nobunaga's military and political career. Lamers covers Nobunaga's career from Owari warlord to the most powerful figure in Japan.
Knowledge Level-Advanced
Recommended- Yes. (If you can afford it.)

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It was my very first book on samurai stuff too!!
Yes, the part about inner energy can be described as "controversial".
Please let me know in case of omissions and/or errors in my entry.(I have noticed that the table of contents of the volume I own[the one I used] is slighly different from the one on books.google...Maybe it's only a matter of translation[I have the Italian version].
Both the editions I own have the same contents. You're all good!
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Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu (Tuttle Classics): A. L. Sadler, Stephen Turnbull: 9784805310427: Amazon.com: Books

Title- Shogun: the Life of Tokugawa Ieayasu
Author- A.L. Sadler
Pages- 384
Date Published- 1937(1st Edition); 1978(Tuttle Publishing 1st Edition)
Table of Content- .Foreword(by Stephen Turnbull) .Preface .Introduction
1. The Pedigree of the Tokugawas 2.Takechiyo 3. Matsudaita Motonubu. Motoyasu. The Battle of Oke-Hazama 4. Ieyasu Wuells the Monto Sect 5. Togukawa Ieayasu. Lord of Mikawa and Totomi 6. The Retreat From Echizen and the Battle of the Anegawa 7. Mikata-Ga-Hara 8. Kuroda Josui, Or Simon Kondera 9.Ieyasu's Family Tragedy 10. Nagashino and the Fall of the House of Takeda. 11. Death of Nobunaga. Ieyasu's Flight Through Iga 12. Ieyasu Gets Kai and Shinano 13. Lord of Five Provinces. Ieyasu Opposes Hideyoshi 14. The Komaki Campaign 15. After Komaki 16. Isolation of Ieyasu 17. Ieyasu's Second Marriage and Alliance with the Hojo
18. His Submission to Hideyoshi. He Visits the Capital 19. The Qwanto Campaign 20. Ieyasu Enters Edo 21. The Korean Campaign and the Death of Hideyoshi 22. The Sekigahara Campaign 23. Hosokawa Tadaoki, His Wife, and His Father 24. Kuroda Josui and Kyushu 25. The Building of Edo 26. The Coming of the Dutch 27. Ieyasu and New Spain 28 Luchu and Formosa 29. The "Madre De Dios" Affair 30. The Fall of Okubo Tadachika 31. The English Company 32. Date Masamune's Mission to Europe 33. Ieyasu and Hideyori 34. Osaka. The Winter Campaign 35. The Summer Campaign 36. Honami Ko-Etsu 37. The Three Jinnai of Edo 38. Literary Taste of the Mikado and Shogun 39. The Hondas 40. Death of Ieyasu 41. Ieyasu's Family 42. Ieyasu's Personal Habits and Views 43. Tokugawa Legislation 44. The Legacy of Ieyasu .Appendices .Bibliography .Index
Brief Description- A complete description and analysis of the life of the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, from his early days at the service of Nobunaga to his triumph at Sekigahara and his tenure as supreme ruler of Japan, where you can read about Ieyasu's policies and relationships with court personalities, feudal lords and the European Powers. The book also contains several illustrations and maps of Ieyasu's most important battles(Anegawa, Mikatagahara, Nagashino, Komaki, Sekigahara)
Knowledge Level- Intermediate
Recommended- Yes

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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/World-Turned-Upside-Down-Perspectives/dp/0231118430/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370786493&sr=1-1&keywords=the+world+turned+upside+down+medieval+j apanese+society"]The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture): Pierre François Souyri, Käthe Roth: 9780231118439: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41A8M3X2QEL.@@AMEPARAM@@41A8M3X2QEL[/ame]

Title- The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society
Author- Pierre Francois Souyri
Pages- 280
Date Published- 2001
Table of Contents- 1. The Curtain Rises 2. Social Dynamics in the late Heian Period 3. The Crisis In The Late Twelfth Century 4. Kamakura: The Warrior Regime 5. Kamakura A Society of Questions 6. Kamakura: A Society in Transformation 7. The Second Middle Ages: The Turning Point of the Fourteenth Century 8. Warriors, Pirates, Peasants and Priests 9. The Splendor and Misery of the Muromachi Century: The Culmination of the Ashikaga and the Development of Trade 10. The Splendor and Misery of the Muromachi Century: New Uprisings, New Culture 11. The Sengoku Period: Communes, Religious Leagues, and Neighborhood Associations. 12. The Sengoku Period: Warlords Seeking Power
Brief Description- A general overview of Japanese society from the late Heian period through to the Sengoku period. A particular emphasis is placed on social structures and communities.
Knowledge Level- Intermediate
Recommended- Yes.
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Taiho-Jutsu-Samurai-Tuttle-Martial-ebook/dp/B007Y5OYG0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370790169&sr=8-1&keywords=taiho-jutsu"]Taiho-Jutsu: Law and Order in the Age of the Samurai (Tuttle Martial Arts): Don Cunningham: Amazon.com: Kindle Store@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417fqQV1fxL.@@AMEPARAM@@417fqQV1fxL[/ame]

Title- Taiho-Jutsu: Law and Order in the Age of the Samurai
Author- Don Cunningham
Pages- 178
Date Published- 2004
Table of Contents- 1. The Shogun's city rises from the marshes 2. Crime and punishment in Edo 3. Civil authority and policing 4. Arrests and arresting implements 5. Long arms of the law 6. Arts and practice of taiho-jutsu 7. Defensive techniques 8. Offensive techniques 9. Arrest and restraining techniques
Brief Description- Overview of the weapons an techniques used by the various policing agencies of Japan from the end of the Sengoku period through to the late Edo period.
Knowledge Level-Beginner
Recommended- No. Glaring inaccuracies. (Called Oda Nobunaga a Shogun, to name one.)
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/The-Geography-Power-Medieval-Japan/dp/0691031835/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1370792011&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=the+geography+of+power+in+medieva l+japan"]Amazon.com: The Geography of Power in Medieval Japan (9780691031835): Thomas Keirstead: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51uz3L3KmsL.@@AMEPARAM@@51uz3L3KmsL[/ame]

Title- The Geography of Power in Medieval Japan
Author- Thomas Keirstead
Pages- 177
Date Published- 1992
Table of Contents- 1. In Gon-Sanjo's Archive 2. Hyakusho and the rhetoric of identity 3. Official transcripts:Myo, maps, surveys, and the entitlement of the Estate 4. The theater of protest 5. Conclusion: The debate about decline
Brief Description- A thorough study of the Shoen system in Japan. Originally written as a dissertation by Keirstead. It is THE book if you are serious about studying this system that was critical to the development of japan.
Knowledge Level- Expert
Recommended- No. I would only recommend this to someone who was VERY serious about studying this particular phenomena. The book is incredibly expensive and requires a tremendous amount of working knowledge regarding the Shoen system.
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