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A Brief History of the Samurai: Brief Histories | [Jonathan Clements]

A Brief History of the Samurai: Brief Histories

From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.
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From a leading expert in Japanese history, this is one of the first full histories of the art and culture of the Samurai warrior. The Samurai emerged as a warrior caste in Medieval Japan and would have a powerful influence on the history and culture of the country from the next 500 years. Clements also looks at the Samurai wars that tore Japan apart in the 17th and 18th centuries and how the caste was finally demolished in the advent of the mechanized world.

©2010 Jonathan Clements (P)2014 Audible Ltd

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    What would have made A Brief History of the Samurai better?

    More focus on the culture of the Samurai


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Clements again?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It is probably just me - but I was expecting an indepth look at the Samurai culture as if I wanted to know about say the Spartan culture. It is probably in there but i was asleep by then. This book I guess as the name implies is a history - but it is more about who did what to whom and when etc. etc. As an audiobook I found it very boring - finally stopped listening to it.

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    If you could sum up A Brief History of the Samurai in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting; comprehensive; enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a bit of a Japanese history addict and have been since I was seven. Because Japanese history is so rich people tend to only focus on a particular period, such as the Sengoku, Kenmu, or Meiji. This book, however, manages to give a reasonably detailed history of all the periods, which was the best thing I liked about it.


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Jonathan Keeble's performance is fine, his voice doesn't become annoying at all. I don't think you get a better experience of the book over reading it though, as his pronunciation of Japanese words isn't very good. However, this isn't too irritating and so doesn't detract from the overall experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I've actually listened to it several times now.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're interested in Japanese history you'll enjoy this book, even with the poor pronunciation.

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