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Seppuku : a history of samurai suicide

Author: Andrew Rankin
Publisher: New York : Kodansha USA, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The history of seppuku -- Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri -- spans a millennium, and came to be favored by samurai as an honorable form of death. Here, for the first time in English, is a book that charts the history of seppuku from ancient times to the twentieth century through a collection of swashbuckling tales from history and literature. Author Andrew Rankin  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Rankin
ISBN: 1568365861 9781568365862
OCLC Number: 1015813355
Description: 255 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Andrew Rankin.

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The history of seppuku -- Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri -- spans a millennium, and came to be favored by samurai as an honorable form of death. Here, for the first time in English, is a book that charts the history of seppuku from ancient times to the twentieth century through a collection of swashbuckling tales from history and literature. Author Andrew Rankin takes us from the first recorded incident of seppuku, by the goddess Aomi in the eighth century, through the "golden age" of seppuku in the sixteenth century that includes the suicides of Shibata Katsuie, Sen no Riky? and Toyotomi Hidetsugu, up to the seppuku of General Nogi Maresuke in 1912.
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"A fascinating book -- well researched and extensively cited without being overly dry -- it's an excellent read for anyone intrigued by the subject or by Japanese history in general." -- Library Read more...

 
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