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By titleSAMURAI WARRIOR: The Golden Age of Japan’s Elite Warriors 1560–1615

SAMURAI WARRIOR: The Golden Age of Japan’s Elite Warriors 1560–1615

During Japan’s Warring States period, centuries of strife had left the country divided and leaderless. Those who filled the power vacuum were the daimyo, warlords who ruled over the clans and provinces of Japan. Serving their daimyo, the samurai were the ultimate warriors at a time when military prowess won out over hereditary power and position. The nature of warfare itself changed—romantic ideas of mounted duels and battlefield decorum became as rare as aristocratic samurai leaders. Marching in to replace them were the common foot soldiers, the ashigaru, armed with pikes and matchlock rifles.

The Samurai Warrior examines the fighting men of this key period in Japanese history. Divided into six chapters, the book describes the unification under the Tokugawa bakufu, the major battles of the era, the weapons and armor used, the social structure of Japanese society, myths about the samurai, and finally the decline of the samurai amidst the modernization of the Meiji period.

Including more than 200 photographs, illustrations, paintings, and maps, The Samurai Warrior is a colourful, accessible study of Japan’s famous but often misunderstood warrior elite.

Format: 285 x 213mm portrait or 213 x 290mm (8 1⁄4 x 11 1⁄2”) landscape
Extent: 224 pages
Word count: 50,000 words
Illustrations: more than 200 colour illustrations, photographs and maps
ISBN: 9781782744993 (Portrait)
ISBN: 9781782741688 (Landscape)

Author details:

Ben Hubbard is a non-fiction author for adults and children. He has written books on a range of subjects including Roman gladiators, a history of popular music, and medieval castles. This is his third book about the samurai.