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Kendo : culture of the sword

Author: Alexander Bennett
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Kendo is the first book in English to provide an in-depth historical, cultural, and political account of the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship, from its beginnings in military training and arcane medieval schools to its widespread practice today as a global sport. Alexander Bennett shows how kendo evolved through a recurring process of 'inventing tradition', which served the changing ideologies and needs of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Bennett
ISBN: 9780520284371 0520284372
OCLC Number: 894745482
Description: xxxv, 286 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The art of killing : swordsmanship in medieval Japan --
The art of living : early modern kenjutsu --
The fall and rise of samurai culture : kenjutsu's nationalization --
Sharpening the empire's claws --
Kendo and sports : path of reason or cultural treason? --
Crossing swords and borders : the global diffusion of kendo.
Responsibility: Alexander C. Bennett.

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Offers historical, cultural, and political account in English of the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship. This book shows how this martial art evolved through a recurring process of "inventing  Read more...

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"You'll be fascinated by this quintessential Japanese sport." -- Rashaad Jorden JQ Magazine "In this detailed study of kendo, Alexander Bennett, a highly accomplished (and foreign) practitioner Read more...

 
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