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April 20, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM | Chazen Auditorium and Mead Witter Lobby
Join us for a lecture and reception for Samurai: The Way of the Warrior
Warrior history traces back to at least the eleventh century but the broadness of warrior culture in its many forms was fully developed during the early modern period (late sixteenth century to 1868). This talk will explore how the samurai became a unique status group during this era and the role culture played in their identity formation. From the displaying of art objects to the codifying of martial culture, samurai and non-samurai alike produced and consumed warrior culture thus creating a unique status group whose legacy outlasted the age of the samurai.
Michael Wert is an associate professor of East Asian history at Marquette University with specialties in early modern and modern Japan. His first book, Meiji Restoration Losers: Memory and Tokugawa Supporters in Modern Japan, traces how the memory of the Meiji Restoration (1868) played out in modern Japan. He is currently working on a manuscript about Samurai for Oxford University press’s Very Short Introductions book series and a project about martial culture and ideology on the eve of the Meiji Restoration.