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what is the samurai's code?


The Samurai were Japanese warriors from the middle ages.  Like the knights of Europe, who followed a code of chivalry, the Samurai had a code to live their life by.  Today the code is often called Bushido, although this name came into play more recently.

The primary duty of a Samurai was loyalty to his lord.  He must be totally obedient.  There was also a duty of vengeance if some harm came to his lord.  Samurai also held to a strict code of honor and competence that did not allow for failure.  If a Samurai failed, it was common to commit suicide rather than face the dishonor.

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I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.


I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.


J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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