This week, we’ll be starting a short series about the advent of the samurai class. First, what came before the samurai, and why did Japan’s emperors decide to devolve more and more power to provincial warriors?
Listen to the episode here.
Friday, Karl. Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan.
Lu, David. Japan: A Documentary History, Vol 1.
Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334.