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Hi Wagounion. I’ve got a couple recommendations for you on those topics:


Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior, 1200-1877 AD by Thomas Conlan
Warriors of Japan as Portrayed in the War Tales by Paul Varley
Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan by Karl Friday
Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan’s Military, 500-1300 by William Wayne Farris
War and State Building in Medieval Japan Edited by John Ferejohn and Frances Rosenbluth
State of War: The Violent Order of 14th Century Japan by Thomas Conlan
Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan by Karl Friday

Edo Period
Edo Culture by Nishiyama Matsunosuke trans. by Gerald Groemer
Treasures Among Men: The Fudai Daimyo in Tokugawa Japan by Harold Bolitho
The Taming of the Samurai; Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan by Eiko Ikegami
Early Modern Japan by Conrad Totman
Japan In Print: Information and Nation in the Early Modern Period by Mary Elizabeth Berry
A History of Japan, 1615-1867 by George Sansom
Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo, and the Culture of Early Modern Japan by Constantine Vaporis
State and Diplomacy in Early Modern Japan by Ronald Toby
Peasant Prtests and Uprising in Tokugawa Japan by Stephen Vlastos
Peasants, Rebels and Outcastes: The Underside of Modern Japan by Mikiso Hane
Everyday Life in Traditional Japan by Charles Dunn
Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai by Kokichi Katsu Trans by Teruko Craig