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Heavenly Warriors

Heavenly Warriors

The Evolution of Japan’s Military, 500–1300

William Wayne Farris

ISBN 9780674387041

Publication date: 04/15/1996

"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.


  • Farris advances our understanding of Japan's military enormously.

    —Journal of Asian Studies


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

Book Details

  • 400 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Asia Center

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