This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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The samurai of Japan

The Japanese samurai represent the Eastern parallel to medieval knighthood. Their vocation presented the same hallmarks of a traditional warrior vocation. The samurai followed a strict rule of dress, behavior, honor, and diet; and they too slowly found themselves amidst a civilization which had neither use nor room for their ideals, and which eventually swept them from the face of the earth, not without violence. The transition from warrior to soldier came much later in the East than in the West, and in fact it seems that it was the direct result of Western intervention. Japan had, as everyone knows, maintained a policy of isolation, protecting itself, its personality, and its traditions from modernist encroachment. Eventually the outside world could no longer tolerate such rejection. In 1853, United States war ships arrived on Japanese shores and demanded access to trade. The tactics of intimidation used are easily found in history books. The Japanese capitulated in the shadow of this foreign power, and sweeping modernizations followed almost immediately. One of those modernizations was the dissolution of the samurai class in favor of firearms and other up-to-date military technologies. So quickly did the Japanese ‘catch up’ to the rest of the developed nations that by external appearances it is impossible to tell that Japan had ever resisted the modern transformation. In some ways Japan shocked the world by surpassing even the most powerful nations with its ‘advance,’ which is to say, its cultural and spiritual defeat.

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