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The Samurai
A review of whether the Samurai had a significant impact on Japanese culture and historical events in the long run.
# 109621 | 1,391 words | 7 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 04, 2008 in Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , Ethnic Studies (Asia) , History (Asian)

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The paper states that the Samurai were an aristocratic warrior class that emerged in Japan during the 12th-century wars between the Taira and Minamoto clans which were consolidated during the Tokugawa period. The paper notes that the impact of this warrior class on Japanese culture and society has been profound, and in some ways, it has even influenced the outcome of world history in the 20th century. This paper provides a review of the relevant literature to determine who the samurai were, and what influence they had on Japanese culture over the centuries. A summary of the research and salient findings are presented in the conclusion.

Review and Discussion

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lebra, Takie Sugiyama and William P. Lebra. - Japanese Culture and Behavior: Selected Readings. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1986.
  • Rodeghier, Kathy. (2001, February 4). "Day in Tokyo Offers Glimpse of Edo Culture." Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL):8.
  • "Samurai." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th Ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.
  • Smith, Robert J. and Richard K. Beardsley. Japanese Culture: Its Development and Characteristics. Chicago: Aldine Publishing, 1962.
  • Thomas, Julia Adeney. (2005). "Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture." Pacific Affairs 78(3):491.

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