Continuing our Introduction to Japanese History series is part 2 of our Asuka-Nara podcast. The Asuka-Nara period (538AD-794AD) is known for it's classic art and architecture, the introduction of Buddhism, and the Taika reforms and Ritsuryo system. Japan adopted many Chinese style institutions, began to form a national government, and started to assert itself internationally in East Asia.
Mentioned in this podcast: Brown, Delmer (Editor). The Cambridge History of Japan, Vol. 1: Ancient Japan Cambridge University Press, July 30, 1993 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0521223520
Farris, William Wayne. Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300 Harvard University Asia Center, April 15, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/067438704X
Friday, Karl. Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan Stanford University Press, March 1, 1996 http://astore.amazon.com/samurai-20/detail/0804726965
Hall, John W. Government and Local Power in Japa