Samurai Bibliography

I found this history specific bibliography about Samurai while working on an assignment. It might be of use for you as well.  The format doesn’t quite work out here, but all of the information and the citation are there.

Samurai Bibliography

Adophson, Michael S. The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha: Monastic Warriors and Sôhei in

Japanese History. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007.

Ansart, Olivier. “Loyalty in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Samurai Discourse,” Japanese

Studies 27.2 (2007): 139-154.

Brown, Delmer M. “The Impact of Firearms on Japanese Warfare, 1543-98,” The Far Eastern

Quarterly, 7.3 (May, 1948): 236-253.

Conlan,Thomas Donald. “Largesse and the Limits of Loyalty in the Fourteenth Century.” In The

Origins of Japan’s Medieval World: Courtiers, Clerics, Warriors, and Peasants in the

Fourteenth Century, edited by Jeffrey P. Mass. Stanford: Stanford University Press,

1997, 39-64.

— . The culture of force and farce: fourteenth-century Japanese warfare. Cambridge: Harvard

University, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, 2000.

— . In little need of divine intervention: Takezaki Suenaga’s scrolls of the Mongol invasions of

Japan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001.

— . State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth-Century Japan. Ann Arbor: Center for

Japanese Studies University of Michigan, 2003.

— . Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior, 1200-1877. London: Amber,

2008.

Farris, William Wayne. Heaven Warriors: The Evolution of Japan’s Military, 500-1300.

Harvard University Press, 1992.

Friday, Karl F. Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan. Stanford:

Stanford University Press, 1992.

— . “Bushido or Bull? A Medieval Historian’s Perspective on the Imperial Army and the

Japanese Warrior Tradition,” The History Teacher, 27.3 (May 1994), 339-349.

— . Legacies of the sword : the Kashima-Shinryu and samurai martial culture. Honolulu:

University of Hawai’i Press, 1997.

— . Samurai, warfare and the state in early medieval Japan. London: Routledge, 2004.

— . “Lordship Interdicted: Taira no Tadatsune and the Limited Horizons of Warrior Ambition,”

in Heian Japan, Centers and Peripheries, eds. Michael Adolphson, Edward Kamens and

Stacie Matsumoto. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007, 329-356.

 

— . The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel Taira Masakado. Hoboken,

NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

Gerstle, C. Andrew. “Heroic Honor: Chikamatsu and the Samurai Ideal.” Harvard Journal of

Asiatic Studies 57.2 (1997): 307-381.

Hurst, G. Cameron III. “Death, honor, and loyality: The bushitô ideal,” Philosophy East and

West 40.4 (October 1990): 511-527.

— . “The Warrior as Ideal for a New Age.” In The Origins of Japan’s Medieval World:

Courtiers, Clerics, Warriors, and Peasants in the Fourteenth Century, edited by Jeffrey

P. Mass. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997, 209-236.

— . Armed Martial Arts of Japan: Swordsmanship and Archery. New Haven: Yale University

Press, 1998.

Ikegami, Eiko. The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern

Japan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Jansen, Marius. Warrior Rule in Japan. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

McCullough, Helen Craig, translator. The Taiheiki: A Chronicle of Medieval Japan. Boston:

Tuttle Publishing, 1959.

Oyler, Elizabeth. Swords, Oaths, and Prophetic Visions: Authoring Warrior Rule in Medieval

Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2005.

Pinguet, Maurice. Voluntary death in Japan. Rosemary Morris, tr. Cambridge, UK : Polity

Press, 1993.

Pitelka, Morgan, “The Early Modern Warrior: Three Explorations of Samurai Life,” Early

Modern Japan 16 (2008): 33-42.

Rath, Eric C. “Banquets Against Boredom: Towards Understanding (Samurai) Cuisine in Early

Modern Japan,” Early Modern Japan 16 (2008): 43-55.

Saikaku Ihara. Comrade Loves of the Samurai. E. Powys Mathers, translator. Rutland, VT:

Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1972.

Turnbull, S.R. The Samurai: A Military History. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc,

1977.

Vaporis, Constantine N. “Samurai and Merchant in Mid-Tokugawa Japan: Tani Tannai’s Record

of Daily Necessities,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 60.1 (2000): 205-228.

 

— . Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo, and the Culture of Early Modern Japan.

Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008.

— . “Samurai and the World of Goods: The Diaries of the Toyama Family of Hachinohe,”

Early Modern Japan 16 (2008): 56-67.

Varley, H. Paul, Albert Dien (Editor), Ivan Morris (Editor), Ainslie T. Embree (Editor),Charles

P. Issaw, The Onin War: History of Its Origins and Background with a Selective

Translation of the Chronicle of Onin. December 1966.

— . Warriors of Japan: As Portrayed in the War Tales. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press,

1994.

— , “The Loyalty Ethic of Vassal Warriors in Medieval Japan.” In La Société Civile Face à

L’État: Dans Les Traditions Chinoise, Japonaise, Coréenne et Vietnamienne, ed. Léon

Vandermeersch. Paris: École française d’Extrême-Orient, 1994, 409-419.

— . “Cultural Life of the Warrior Elite in the Fourteenth Century.” In The Origins of Japan’s

Medieval World: Courtiers, Clerics, Warriors, and Peasants in the Fourteenth Century,

edited by Jeffrey P. Mass. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997, 192-208.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Hagakure: The Book of Samurai. Translated by William Scott Wilson.

Kodansha International, 1992.

Yamakawa Kikue. Women of the Mito Domain: Recollections of Samurai Family Life.

Translated by Kate Wildman Nakai. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001.

Yamamura Kozo, “The Increasing Poverty of the Samurai in Tokugawa Japan, 1600-1868,”

Journal of Economic History 31.2 (Jun., 1971): 378-406.

— . A Study of Samurai Income and Entrepreneurship. Quantitative Analyses of Economic and

Social Aspects

Yumoto, John M. The Samurai Sword. Rutland: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1958.

Yuzan Daidoji, Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinsu.

Translated by Thomas Cleary. Rutland: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1999.

 

 

This bibliography was found on Dr. Keith Knapp’s faculty web page for The Citadel University The Military College of South Carolina under Department of History. Dr. Knapp’s specialty seems to be History and Asian Studies. Several of his bibliographies can be found on this page ( http://www3.citadel.edu/history/faculty_page/faculty_page_knapp.htm ). The Bibliography above is focused on research about Samurai throughout Japanese history. It is definitely something that could be of use to me in the future.

Citation:

The Citadel Department of History Keith Knapp Department Chair. Ed. Kurt M. Boughan. August 24, 2012. October 12, 2012. http://www3.citadel.edu/history/faculty_page/faculty_page_knapp.htm

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