02-25-2004, 02:26 PM
Thought this might be of interest.
Thomas Conlan is a Stanford trained historian who did his work on injury reports of BUSHI after battles. He wrote a very entertaining piece (http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:NW4aN6AqV8IJ:www.fas.harvard.edu/~rijs/Conlan%2520Paper%2520PDF.pdf++%22thomas+conlan%22+farce&hl=en&ie=UTF-8) which rather pillories the concept of the self-sacrificial warrior.
He has also published a book called In Little Need of Divine Intervention: Takezaki Suenaga's Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan (Cornell East Asia Series, No 113)
by Thomas D. Conlan (Translator)
These scrolls, with translations, are available at:
(Cross-posted with e-Budo.com)