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ISBN: 0804726965
Author: Karl F. Friday
Language: English
Publisher: Stanford University Press (March 1, 1996)
Pages: 282
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
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This prelude to the rise of the samurai, who were to become the masters of Japan's medieval and early modern eras, was initiated when the imperial court turned for its police and military protection to hired swords-professional mercenaries largely drawn from the elites of provincial society.

This prelude to the rise of the samurai, who were to become the masters of Japan's medieval and early modern eras, was initiated when the imperial court turned for its police and military protection to hired swords-professional mercenaries largely drawn from the elites of provincial society.

Friday, Karl F. Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan. Mass, Jeffrey P. Warrior Government in Early Medieval Japan: A Study of the Kamakura Bakufu, Shugo, and Jitō. Stanford University Press, 1992. Yale University Press, 1974. (1992). Kawakami, Karl Kiyoshi. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Category:Defence ministries Category:Former government ministries of Japan Category:Government of feudal Japan Category:Meiji Restoration Category:Military history of feudal Japan. Nussbaum, Louis Frédéric et al. (2005).

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Home Browse Books Book details, Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power. The light of the early morning sun over a bay called Dannoura, near the straits between Honshu and Kyushu, on the twenty- fifth day of the third month of 1185 revealed two mighty fleets of warboats sailing grimly into one of the most celebrated battles in all of Japanese history. A beleaguered Taira Tomomori was attempting a desperate stand against pursuing forces under the command of Minamoto Yoshitsune.

The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan (Stanford University Press, 1992). In: Journal of Military History, vol. 57, (1993): 134-136. Download with Google. The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan (Stanford University Press, 1992). 57, (1993):.

Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Results from Google Books. Tracing the evolution of state military institutions from the seventh to the twelfth centuries, this book challenges much of the received wisdom of Western scholarship on the origins and early development of warriors in Japan.

Karl Friday, an internationally recognised authority on Japanese warriors, provides the first comprehensive study of the topic to be published in. .

Karl Friday, an internationally recognised authority on Japanese warriors, provides the first comprehensive study of the topic to be published in English. The Cambridge History of Japan, Volume 2: Heian Japan by Donald H. Shively; William H. McCullough.

Karl Friday is one of a group of scholars studying Japanese history who are determined to cut through the hoary myths of the past - myths too often taken as history - that have clouded the true role and behavior of the samurai and thus have led to a skewed view of the past. His chapter on "The Culture of War" is particularly revealing and insightful, and in an indirect way exposes the sophistry of the ultra-nationalists who nearly destroyed the country in WWII and killed millions of their countrymen.

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Tracing the evolution of state military institutions from the seventh to the twelfth centuries, this book challenges much of the received wisdom of Western scholarship on the origins and early development of warriors in Japan.

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Oparae
Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan
Ordered 22 Aug 2016
Price: $19.99 (used/ like new)

Unboxing:
Hardback w/paper dust jacket
256 pages; 166 pages make up the body of the book with the remainder being a "Conclusion" chapter, notes, bibliography, glossary, and index.

Initial Interest:
My research is in the period between the Onin War (1467-77) and the early Sengoku Jidai (up to 1545). I bought this book looking for more information on the state of the Japanese warriors and their recruitment methods during this period.

Post Read:
Generally easy to read and follow, the author (Karl Friday) seems to be up to date on the topics he's writing about (if you've read any of the early academic books on this time period you know what I mean). The book starts with an introduction to the Japanese military from the 700 through 800 a.d. period then goes into a chapter on the evolution of the ritsuryo codes. He explained and highlighted the recruitment of warriors at different time periods through the 1200's but stopped short of the 14th and 15th centuries which I think the huge evolution of military structure and recruitment that took place after the Onin War would have fit nicely into the narrative of this book.

As the title states "Early Japan" as the time period being covered, that is not a good way to describe a period of time due to the fact that not even the scholars writing about Japan can agree on when exactly "Early Japan" starts/ends. After reading, I now know that this book mainly emphasizes the Heian Period (794 to 1185). I felt the book cut off too soon and should have included the whole "gray area" that fogs up the space between the ancient Japan and what most casual readers have learned starting around the 1550's. It does though give you a good running history that one could "imply" what probably happened in that "gray area" and certainly if you are looking to learn more about the Heian Period in general, this book would be a helpful read.

Recommendation:
I have to say this book was "okay". As I stated above as my initial interest in making this purchase, this book completely missed the mark. It was not a complete waste of money though as there were some useful bits on official offices, kuni merit system, etc.
Kinashand
Karl Friday's "Hired Swords" is a fairly brief book, though it packs a tonne of information into the 177 pages of main text, (not including endnotes, index and all the rest).

Friday focuses on the Heian Period in Japan, mainly from the late 7th century to the 11th and 12th centuries. The book deals with the military structures and how they changed through the Heian Period. This includes the policing functions of some military units, as well. Rather than accepting the common perception that the Heian court was an ineffectual group of flunkies more interested in poetry than practical realities, Friday presents quite a different view. Instead of attributing the rise of private military groups to Court indifference, Friday posits that the changes made were deliberate changes by the Court to streamline the military, increase its efficiency and meet changing needs throughout the period.

Friday provides copious endnotes, adding more detail to what is given in the text. He has referenced his work well, leaving no doubt that he has thought this through thoroughly.

I completely enjoyed this book without reservation, and I gained a lot from it. It was easily read, I found it accessible, and I was hooked until the last page. I can recommend this book wholeheartedly as a must for anyone interested in the developments of Heian military organisation. and how it fed into the rise of the Samurai some centuries later.
Nalmetus
An excellent reading on the subject of Japan's military history in the ancient period.
Jothris
A great read for the beginning of the samurai

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