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The Revenge of the 47 Ronin - Edo 1703

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From 1600till 1866civil strife in publicwasvirtually unknown in Japan; however, personal loyalty and self-sacrifice could at times rise above the samurai hierarchyto redefineJapanese culture. In 1703 former samurai avenged their lord in the most legendary raid in Japanese history. The story of the 47 ronin is a tale rich in emotion, precise planning, and flawless martial e ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Osprey Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Incredibly short, but very easy to follow. Excellent analysis of what remains of historical documents and other physical evidence in order to debunk the trash fed to us by the romantic notions directing depictions of these events on the stage and in film.
Some parts of the book are greatly detailed and contain a lot of new information for the readers who are familiar with the story, while in others, I had the feeling that the author is rather implying his own personal opinion.

I must admit that I was biased long before even starting the book since I'm fan of the traditional story of the 47 ronin, but it's a good read anyway, I recommend it.
The most interesting part of this incident is how its portrayal in kabuki theatre and other romanticized accounts is more or less the exact opposite of what actually happened, and how unfair this is to the victims of the 47 ronin. This book is mainly a myth-killer, which is exactly what is needed.
Jeffrey Bakker
From the description, I was expecting to read the folktale. Instead, this book turned out to be a matter-of-fact read about "what really went down", from a military historian. Still a good read, and a good insight into what samurai culture was like during the transition to more peaceful times.
A fairly short retelling of the classic Japanese tale, based on historical research. A bit different than the traditional version, as you might expect, but interesting. Best read after establishing familiarity with the original story.
Incredible story about 47 ronin embody the tenants of leadership, loyalty, and perseverance. They used those tenants to overcome adversity by any means necessary.
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Stephen Richard Turnbull is a historian specializing in eastern military history, especially the samurai of Japan. The books he wrote are mainly on Japanese and Mongolian subjects. He attended Cambridge University where he gained his first degree. He currently holds an MA in Theology, MA in Military History and a PhD from the University of Leeds where he is currently a lecturer in Far Eastern Rel ...more
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