Warriors

Way of the Warrior

Japan Warriors 7 Min Read

The two selections that follow reflect major themes of an emerging bushido culture, the way of the warrior. The first excerpt comes from the writings of Shiba Yoshimasa (1349–1410), a feudal lord, general, and administrator as well as a noted poet, who wrote a manual of advice for the young warriors of his own lineage. Probably the man who most…

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MAMKUK: ARMS AND ARMOUR OF THE 13TH AND 14TH CENTURIES

(1) Mamluk ‘askari wearing laminated leather ‘hoop armour’ and a leather helmet. The thigh defences are based upon pictorial sources because there is not yet archaeological evidence for this form of armour. (2a) The structure of a laminated leather cuirass based upon elements from several incomplete cuirasses. (2b) The system…

Warriors Weapons 3 Min Read

Macuahuitl

Aztec warriors wielding macanas (macahuitl), which are oak swords or clubs fitted with rows of obsidian blades. Aztec warriors used these weapons to slash, inflicting long bleeding wounds, or sever, as when they decapitated a mare Cortés’s party brought. Cortés did battle with thousands of Aztec warriors during his campaign…

Warriors 7 Min Read

Aztec Warfare

The Aztecs, who became established in central Mexico in the early 1300s and whose empire flourished from 1430 to 1521, made the last major weapons innovations. Under their empire, a preindustrial military complex supplied the imperial center with materials not available locally, or manufactured elsewhere. The main Aztec projectiles were…

Warriors 11 Min Read

THE VIETNAMESE COMMUNIST SOLDIER

Communist soldiers in Vietnam could be divided into three classes. There were the regular uniformed North Vietnamese Army troops who fought in established units and formations. Most NVA soldiers were recruited from the urban conglomeration around Hanoi or from villages in the rural paddy areas of the northern plains. NVA…

Viking Warriors 8 Min Read

Berserkers

Individual Viking warriors known during the eighth through eleventh centuries for their ferocity. The berserkers are one of the most interesting and least understood aspects of the Viking warrior society. These were individuals who fought in such a blinding fury that they lost all sense of self and became unconscious…

Warriors 13 Min Read

American Revolution (1775-1781) American Indians

American war for independence against Great Britain Participation of American Indians in the Revolutionary War differed from that of previous colonial conflicts. In earlier wars-KING WILLIAM’S WAR (1689-97), QUEEN ANNE’S WAR (1702-13), KING GEORGE’S WAR (1744-48), and the FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR (1754-63)-the Indians often outnumbered the Europeans on whose…

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The Frankish Way of War

The kingdoms and peoples of Europe and North Africa just before the East Roman Emperor…

Etruscan Warriors

1. EARLY VILLANOVAN CULTURE, 9th–8th CENTURIES BC.(1) Leader with war-chariot, Tarchuna area. The early example…

Samurai: The warrior class of feudal Japan

The Samurai, the warrior class of ancient Japan, dominated that country’s political and social structure…

Scythians

From eighth to the second century bce, the Scythians represented the most terrifying military power…