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Recommended Reading/Sources


  

   Berry, Mary Elizabeth. The Culture of Civil War in Kyôto Berkely, CA.: University of California Press, 1994

  

   Berry, Mary Elizabeth. Hideyoshi Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1982 [Very useful; Mary E. Berry is one of the best authors on medieval Japan]

  

   Bottemly, I. & A. P. Hopson Arms and Armor of the Samurai Crescent 1991

  

   Bryant, Anthony Sekigahara 1600 Osprey Military 1995 [An interesting description of the Sekigahara Campaign graced with excellant maps]

  

   Cooper, Michael They Came To Japan University of California 1981

  

   Elison, George Deus Destroyed Harvard 1991 [A fascinating work by one of the top names in the field]

  

   Ellison, George and Bardwell L. Smith, eds. Warlords, Artists, and Commoners Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii, 1982

  

   Hall, John Whitney. Government and Local Power in Japan, 500 - 1700 New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1966

  

   Hall, John Whitney. Japan from Prehistory to Modern Times New York: Delacorte Press, 1970

  

   Hall, John Whitney and Toyoda Takeshi. Japan in the Muromachi Age Berkely: University of California Press, 1977

  

   Hall, John Whitney, Nagahara Keiji and Kozo Yamamura, eds. Japan Before Tokugawa Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1981 [A highly valuable book - a must-have for the serious student]

  

   Hall, John W. and Marius B. Jansen (ed.) Studies in the Institutional History of Early Modern Japan Princeton 1968

  

   Hane, Mikiso. Japan, a Historical Survey New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972

  

   Hane, Mikiso. Modern Japan, a Historical Survey Colorado: Westview Press, 1992

  

   Latourette, Kenneth Scott. The History of Japan New York: MacMillan Co., 1968

  

   Leonard, Jonathan Norton. Early Japan New Jersey: Time-Life Books, 1974 of The Great Ages of Man

  

   Lu, David John. Sources of Japanese History USA: McGraw-Hill Inc., 1974 [A priceless reference for the english-speaking student]

  

   McCullough, Helen C. The Tale of the Heike Stanford 1988

  

   Mass, Jeffery P. (ed.) Court and Bakufu in Japan Stanford 1995

  

   Mass, Jeffery P. and William B. Hauser (ed.) The Bakufu in Japanese History Stanford 1985 [Another 'must-have' for the serious student]

  

  Mosher, Gouverneur Kyoto: A Contemplative Guide Tuttle 1964

  

   Nish, Ian. A Short History of Japan New York: Frederick A. Praeger, Inc., 1968

  

   Parker, Geoffrey. The Millitary Revolution, 2nd Ed. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1996 [An excellent book on military history in general, focusing on European military history in particular, but with references to Oda Nobunaga and Hideyoshi as well]

  

   Perry, Commodore M. C. Narrative of the Expedition to the China Seas and Japan Dover Publications, 2000 [A recent reprint of the original 1856 text - fascinating]

  

   Reischauer, Edwin O. The Japanese Today USA: Harvard University Press, 1988

  

   Reischauer, Edwin O. Japan, The Story of a Nation, 4th Ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1990

  

   Reps, Paul. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones Rutland, Vermont: Doubleday, 1989 [Excellent Zen stories, with some interesting historical samurai references]

  

   Sadler, A. L. The Maker of Modern Japan Tuttle 1989 [A classic that continues to stand the test of time]

  

   Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334 California: Stanford University Press, 1999 [The better of Sansom's works]

  

   Sansom, George. A History of Japan, 1334 - 1615 California: Stanford University Press, 1996 [An entertaining read, if dated and at times inaccurate]

  

   Sato, Hiroaki. Legends of the Samurai Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, 1995

  

   Shiba, Ryotaro The Last Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Yoshinobu Kodansha 1998 [A great read definatly worth checking out]

  

   Totman, Conrad. Tokugawa Ieyasu, SHÔGUN Union City, California: Heian International Inc., 1990

  

   Tsunoda, Ryusaku, Wm. Theodore De Bary, Donald Keene. Sources of Japanese Tradition New York: Columbia University Press, 1965

  

   Turnbull, Stephen. The Samurai - A Military History Japan Library, 1996

  

   Turnbull, Stephen. Samurai Warfare Arms and Armour Press, 1996

  

   Turnbull, Stephen. Samurai Warlords Blandford, 1992

  

   Turnbull, Stephen Samurai Warriors Blandford 1987

  

   Tyler, Royall (ed.) Japanese Noh Dramas Penguin 1992

  

   Varley, H. Paul. The Ônin War New York: Columbia University Press, 1967 [THE source in English for info on the Ônin War - unfortunately it is no longer in print, but is available from a few online booksellers - if you are willing to pay the price]

  

   Yamamoto Tsunetomo The Hagakure Kodansha 1983

  

   Yoshikawa, Eiji. Taikô USA: Kodansha International, Ltd., 1992

  


Japanese Sources

  

   Abebayashi, Ichirô Sengokushi Shinbun Tokyo, Japan: Nihon Bugeisha, Inc., 1996

  

  Bessatsu Rekishi Tokuhon #3, Nihonshi Jinbutsu Fushigi Jiten Japan: Shin Jinbutsu Ôrai Co., 1999

  

  Bessatsu Rekishi Tokuhon #85, Sengoku no Kassen Japan: Shin Jinbutsu Ôrai Co., 1998 [An extensive examination of 59 battles of the Sengoku era, with maps and a full-color section of battle scrolls and panels of Sekigahara, Nagashino, and others.]

  

  Bessatsu Rekishi Tokuhon #91, Jôezu o Yomu Japan: Shin Jinbutsu Ôrai Co., 1998 [Full color and black & white reproductions of contemporary maps of over 50 famous japanese castles, paired with present day photos of the same locations taken by airplane.]


   Kuwata, Tadachika Sengoku Bushô Kurôbanashi Japan: Chiteki Ikikata Bunko, 1991

  

   Kuwata, Tadachika Sengoku no Bushô Sanjûnin Tokyo, Japan: Koizumi Seihon, Inc., 1996

  

  Rekishi Gunzô Shirizu #1, Oda Nobunaga Japan: Gakken, 1996

  

  Rekishi Gunzô Shirizu #5, Takeda Shingen Japan: Gakken, 1999

  

  Rekishi Gunzô Shirizu #6, FuuRinKaZan Japan: Gakken, 1999

  

  Rekishi Gunzô Shirizu #8, Uesugi Kenshin Japan: Gakken, 1999

  

  Rekishi Gunzô Shirizu #49, Môri Senki Japan: Gakken, 1997 [A comprehensive examination of the Môri clan focusing on the 16th century, but including lots of information on the history of the clan as well, to its beginings in the 14th century. Also has sections detailing the Ôuchi and Amako clans. Included with this is a fold-out map of western Japan detailing the battles of Môri Motonari, with a 19th century map of Kôriyama castle on the back.]

  

  Rekishi Gunzô Shirizu #50, Sengoku no Kassen Taizen (Part I) Japan: Gakken, 1997

  

  Rekishi Gunzô Shirizu #51, Sengoku no Kassen Taizen (Part II) Japan: Gakken, 1997

  

   Shimaoka, Akira Toyotomi Hideyoshi Tokyo, Japan: Narumidô, Inc., 1995

  

   Owada, Tetsuo Nihon no Rekishi, Kassen Omoshiro Hanashi Japan: Chiteki Ikikata Bunko, 1997