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17 Dec 19
Forty Seven Samurai : A Tale of Vengeance and Death in Haiku and Letters

Forty Seven Samurai : A Tale of Vengeance and Death in Haiku and Letters

Review by Trevor Skingle

Hiroaki Sato’s examination is a close, comprehensive look at the Ako Incident through the context of its times, portraits of the main protagonists, and its literary legacy in the haiku of the avengers.

Yasuke. The True Story of the Legendary African Samurai

Yasuke. The True Story of the Legendary African Samurai

Review by Laurence Green

A tale of the life of Yasuke, the African mercenary-turned-samurai who found himself, against all odds, immersed in the very heart of political and military power in 16th century Japan, thousands of miles from his birthplace.

04 Nov 19
Samurai: A Concise History by Michael Wert

Samurai: A Concise History by Michael Wert

Review by Trevor Skingle

In this very handy sized and concise book of just over one-hundred pages Professor Michael Wert attempts to explain in easy to understand terms the origins and development of the samurai, that most archetypal of Japanese warriors.

23 Oct 19
The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War by Jeremy A. Yellen

The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War by Jeremy A. Yellen

Review by Francesco Cioffo

The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere is in fact a truly timely addition to the historiography of modern Japan in general and a fundamental contribution to the study of the Japanese wartime experience.

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