The Gempei War 1180-85 - The Great Samurai Civil War, Stephen Turnbull.
Looks at the civil war between the Taira and Minamoto clans that saw
the samurai replace the Imperial Court as the main source of power in
Japan, and ended with the establishment of the Shogunate, the system of
military rule that lasted for nearly seven hundred years. A fascinating
account of this crucial conflict that helps make sense of a war that
sometimes appears as a collection of unconnected battles involving a
series of different commanders.
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