Heavenly Warriors The Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300

ISBN-10: 067438704X
ISBN-13: 9780674387041
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Publisher: Harvard University, Asia Center
Publication date: 4/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 516
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

"In a government, military matters are the essential thing," said Japan's "Heavenly Warrior," the Emperor Temmu, in 684. Heavenly Warriors traces in detail the evolutionary development of weaponry, horsemanship, military organization, and tactics from Japan's early conflicts with Korea up to the full-blown system of the samurai. Enhanced by illustrations and maps, and with a new preface by the author, this book will be indispensable for students of military history and Japanese political history.

William Wayne Farris is Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Acknowledgments
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction
The Origins of Weapons, War, and Japan's Early Military, 500-645
Japan's Earliest Military Technology
Japan's Earliest Military Organization
Obeying the Imperial Command: The Military from 645 to 770
Forging the New Chinese-Style System
The Chinese-Style System of 702
Horse-Raising in the Eighth Century
The Revolt of Fujiwara no Hirotsugu and the Provincial Military
Fujiwara no Nakamaro and Military Power in the Capital
War in the Northeast and Technological Remedies, 770-900
Prelude to the Wars in Northeastern Japan, Origins to 774
The Wars in Northeastern Japan, 774-812
Character and Effects of the Northeastern Wars
Pruning the Taiho System
The Crossbow and Japan's Defense in the Ninth Century
From External Defense to Internal Peacekeeping, 850-950
Growing Domestic Violence and Reforms in the Military System
The Revolt of Taira no Masakado
Rebellions East and West
Masakado, Sumitomo, and the Evolution of the Middle Heian Military System
The "Missing Link": The Military of the Middle Heian Era, 950-1050
The Military System of the Capital, 942-1050
The Military System of the Provinces, 942-1050
The Rebellion of Taira no Tadatsune and Reform of the System of 900-1050
Warriors and Land, 1050-1150
The Late Heian Era: An Overview
The Late Heian Era: Case Studies
The Military in the Former Nine Years' War, 1051-1062
The Latter Three Years' War: An Illegal Campaign
Raising an Army in the Late Heian Period: Taira no Tadamori and the Pirates of the Inland Sea
The Quest for Independence and Political Skills, 1150-1185
The Taira's Road to Power and the Capital Military
The Hogen War of 1156
The Disturbances of 1159
The Taira and the Late Heian Military System, 1160-1185
The Great Civil War of 1180-1185
Japan's Military, 1180-1185
Japanese Feudalism Reconsidered, 1185-1300
The Kamakura Military in Action
Counting Warriors
A Warrior's Income
Conclusions
Appendix Tables
Notes
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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