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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast

 

Follow your hosts on a trek into Japanese history, from ancient Japan to the end of the Samurai and all points in between - culture, warfare, literature, and interviews. Simply stated, our mission is to bridge the gap between the popular and the academic, and to bring the world of academic Japanese history accessible to a wider audience through discussion of topics and authors in an informative but informal manner. We encourage those listeners who want to know more to seek out works by the historians and authors we reference and interview, and to contribute to the conversation. Conversely, we hope scholars can view us as a way to reach a broader, non-specialist audience and raise the bar for general understandings of Japanese history. The Official Podcast of the Samurai Archives Japanese History page.

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Sep 21, 2015

Samurai would go to great lengths to protect and glorify their names in action and in battle.  In this episode, we look at the value placed on the Samurai "name" in the context of individuals, clans, Samurai houses, and families. We also look at the corporation-like structure of Sengoku period Samurai houses, where...


Aug 31, 2015

Samurai would go to great lengths to protect and glorify their names in action and in battle.  In this episode, we look at the value placed on the Samurai "name" in the context of individuals, clans, Samurai houses, and families. We also look at the corporation-like structure of Sengoku period Samurai houses, where...


Aug 17, 2015

In part two of our conversation with UCSB PhD candidate and Environmental Historian Elijah Bender, we continue our discussion of the resource management of Kai province, and look at how it was dealt with at the provincial level by the Daimyo.

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Jul 27, 2015

In this episode, we have a great conversation with UCSB PhD candidate and Environmental Historian Elijah Bender.  Elijah's focus is on resource management in Kai province, the domain of the Takeda clan and Takeda Shingen.  

The discussion ranges from how resource issues effect people at the local level to the highest...


Jun 29, 2015

In this episode, Chris and Forest look at the utility of asking "What If...?" about events in Japanese history. Some people love it, some people hate it, but can one find value in the intellectual enterprise of asking "what if"?  

In an attempt to see if there is value to the historian in asking what if, they look at...