The Nature of Warfare in Fourteenth-Century Japan:
The Record of Nomoto Tomoyuki
Although the "rise" of warriors in Japanese history has
generated considerable scholarly attention, the wars that propelled
these men to prominence have not received the same scrutiny.
Recent scholarship has revealed, however, that warfare was instrumental
to change rather than merely expressive of it. The outbreak of war
in 1331 and destruction of the Kamakura bakufu in 1333 were
catalysts for profound transformations in Japan; to understand the
changes in state and society, we must first explore the nature of the
warfare that was endemic in this period. This essay reconstructs
the experience of Nomoto Tomoyuki, a fourteenth-century warrior, in
order to examine the nature of warfare.
Volume 25, Number
2 (Summer 1999)
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