Bushido The Way of the Warrior by John Newman

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  • Bushido, the chivalric code of honor regulating the behavior of the samurai from the feudal era in Japan, has been an enduring philosophy.


Binding Hardcover
Publisher Magna Books
Country of Origin UK
Number of Pages 192
Pubilcation Date 1989
Condition Used - Like New

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  • Martial Arts Book
  • by John Newman
  • Bushido Book
  • Hardback Book
  • Great read

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Bushido, the chivalric code of honor regulating the behavior of the samurai from the feudal era in Japan, has been an enduring philosophy. Drawn up in a time when samurai would offer ritual challenges before engaging in individual combat, and when the object was as much to attain glory and die honorably if necessary, the concepts of Bushido were still influencing both military campaigns and individual actions as recently as World War II. The kamikaze pilots can be compared, in their ultimate sacrifice, to a samurai willing to die for his lord rather than live in dishonor.
The alien concepts of Bushido still intrigue Western scholars. This book traces the development of this military philosophy from the medieval samurai to the industrialization of Japan at the turn of the century and through World War II. The code of conduct can still be traced in the martial tradition of the arts of kung fu, karate and kendo - despite Japan's highly developed technological society, crowds still gather to watch sumo wrestlers honor the ancient rites and then struggle for dominance in the ring.
Bushido: The Way of the Warrior offers a fascinating insight into a timeless military tradition, and shows its continuing relevance to the Japanese today. Sumptuously illustrated with over 250 rare manuscripts and photographs this book will appeal to everyone with an interest in Japanese history.


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