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03.01.2013 , 03:57 PM | #2
I think compared to the real world, they resemble Samurai the closest to some degree.
Samurai had their Bushido codex, they had to spend several years in a monastery as part of their education and they only wore armor when they went into large battles.
Add to that the fact that George Lucas was at least to some degree inspired by the film "The Hidden Fortress" it makes a lot of sense too.
Of course there are differences, and there are many other influences as well. But still.