Dr. Jonathan Clements will deliver an overview of the samurai in Japanese culture and history – the evolution of their arms and armor, their legends and battlefield traditions and the process by which a military clique seized control of a nation for hundreds of years. How much of today’s lore about Bushido, the "way of the warrior", is historically accurate?
This event is a part of YCAPS' "Getting to Know Japan Series" co-sponsored by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
Jonathan Clements is the author of A Brief History of the Samurai and A Brief History of the Martial Arts, as well as a biography of Admiral Togo and an acclaimed translation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War. He has recently completed a history of the rise and consequences of Japanese militarism, to be published by Tuttle next year. He was a visiting professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China from 2013-19, and has presented three seasons of Route Awakening, a TV series about icons of Chinese culture, for National Geographic.