This chapter provides an overview of bushidō, or ‘the way of the samurai’, and explores its contemporary and historical significance. The introduction takes a comparative approach to bushidō, placing the subject in a historical and transnational context. A summary of themes and chapters in the book serves as a concise introductory overview of bushidō. It considers bushidō in light of scholarship on the invention of tradition, and evaluates the usefulness of this model in this case.
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