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45 Astonishing Photographs From History

These rare and iconic photographs have preserved some of the most important events and periods in history for posterity.

1. Samurai

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The nineteenth century saw the demise of the Samurai class in Japan. The cost of maintaining highly trained armies to defend themselves in civil conflicts became cost prohibitive. Prior to becoming politically activated the Samurai were some of the most proficient fighting machines in the known world. They had a culture based on honor, which they revered.

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