Samurai, the Medieval Japanese Warriors

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 05 October 2022

Samurai were elite and highly skilled warriors that arose in the tenth century in Japan. They performed military service using a bow or swords of varying lengths and were essential components of Medieval Japanese armies. The samurai were both highly mythologised and romanticised as the epitome of chivalry and honour, famous for their code of bushido meaning the ‘way of the warrior’ which is essentially the code of conduct for the samurai.

From the seventeenth century, samurai were no longer active in the military, so they became advisors and moral guides, teachers, or administrators, but still held the elevated social status the samurai always had. Eventually in 1876 samurai were formally disestablished in Japan.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
1:02 Introduction and Establishment of Samurai
3:42 Samurai Weapons and Armour
6:43 The Rank and Warrior Code of the Samurai
8:07 The Decline of Samurai
9:10 Outro

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Samurai https://www.worldhistory.org/Samurai/
Samurai Sword https://www.worldhistory.org/Samurai_Sword/
Medieval Japan https://www.worldhistory.org/Medieval_Japan/
Martial Arts in Medieval Japan https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1436/martial-arts-in-medieval-japan/
Sengoku Period https://www.worldhistory.org/Sengoku_Period/

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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