I know I know, beyond the parameters of this forum.
But this is only an informational post to the effect that many fine small format books of the Men At Arms Series are available regarding the Samurai.
WE al know how difficult it is to distill the details from general historical texts, but in this case Osprey will do it for you.
If anyone else wishes to start threads on the Samurai and Samurai Culture I think it would be OK to start one here insofar as none of the other forums, I think, discuss warfare, tactics, arms and armor etc..
If I am wrong in this I will happily stand corrected.
Just an offer of a forum to open discussions on the Samurai as I am intersted in this area of scholarship---however, I will not start threads on the subject unless it appears to be acceptable to GEM and the other Forum Writers.
I do have a small library on the Samurai (real small) but given the fact that, my library contains more volumes on Eastern Martial Arts than the BPL did at the time of my last visit (10 for the BPL). Of course my visit was some time ago., small may be a relative matter. Also, I know way too little about the Samurai to write authoritatively on the matter without considerable research.
Again, posting here on the Samurai is ok with me but any wishing to write on the subject should consider the content of other forums and the feelings of other moderators please.
My comments and posts on war in the east are loosely limited to those areas where the militaries and or military theory East and West have blended or are in conflict.
An example of this might be the Opium Wars and the Tai Tung (sp) rebellion in China led by a Chinese convert to Christianity named Heung Tshwai Tshwuan (sp) the deadliest civil war ever fought. (twenty million perished, as a conservative estimate, in this war.
The Manchus triumphed ultimately in large part due to the organization and campaigns of "The Ever Victorius Army(s)' conducted by "Chinese" (Khartoum) Gordon.
The Arms and tactics of the Mongols might be just such a 'crossover' area for discussion due to the impact and occupation of large areas of 'the West' by Temujin and Subotai.
But, use your own judgement and/or let me know.