ORIGINAL TITLE Title: The Compendium of Military Learning
MATERIAL: Woodblock Printed
TYPE: Book
DIMENSIONS: 5 X 7 1/4 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 114 pages, 22 have fine woodblock prints
CONDITION: Original covers & title slip, contents complete, some wormage, generally fair shape for the age.
NOTES: Original.
REFERENCE EXTERNAL LINKS: Yamaga Soko

ITEM ID: 1421
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Samurai Military Strategy Book

DATE
Year: 1847
Decade: 1840s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: Koka 4

A Japanese printed book on Samurai military strategy, 武教全書 (“The Compendium of Military Learning”) by Yamaga Sokō.

ARTISTS
Name: Yamaga Sokō
Type: Author
Artist Information: Yamaga Sokō (山鹿 素行, 21 September 1622 – 23 October 1685) was a Japanese philosopher and strategist under the Tokugawa shogunate. As a scholar he applied the Confucian idea of the "superior man" to the samurai class of Japan. This became an important part of the samurai way of life and code of conduct. An important theme running through Yamaga's life and works was a focus on the greatness of Japan, and this became one of the reasons his popularity and influence were to expand in the rising nationalistic culture of the mid-twentieth century. Living at a time when very few texts were written in Japanese and Japanese scholars devoted themselves to the study of Chinese history, literature, and philosophy, he wrote the Chucho Jijitsu (which translates as "Actual Facts about the Central Realm") to awaken Japanese scholars to the greatness of their own national history and culture. His argument is that Japan is a gift of the gods to the Japanese people, and that while many nations (here his readers would have understood him to refer to China) consider their country to be the center of the world, on the objective basis of temperate climate, only China and Japan can justify such claims, and of the two Japan is clearly superior because it is favored by the gods, as proven by the fact that only in Japan is there an unbroken Imperial line descended from the gods themselves.