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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


May 23, 2011

From the 1540's through the battle of Nagashino and on until the end of the Sengoku period (Approx. 1477-1615) , Western guns in Japan played a bigger and bigger role in war and revolutionized warfare during the 16th century.
In this podcast, your hosts examine the use and distribution of Western guns during this time with records of the numbers of guns held by Daimyo armies and deployed in battle, and how warfare changed during this period.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Baxter, James C. and Joshua A. Fogel, ed. Paul Varley Oda Nobunaga, Guns, and Early Modern Warfare Writing Histories In Japan. International Research Center for Japanese Studies Kyoto 2007

The Impact of Firearms on Japanese Warfare, 1543-98 By Delmer M. Brown, The Far Eastern Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 3 (May, 1948), pp. 236-253

Neilson, David Society at War: Eyewitness Accounts of Sixteenth Century Japan PhD Dissertation University of Oregon, 2007

Oda Nobunaga Rekishi Gunzo Series #1 GAKKEN, 1996

Uezato, Takashi, Ryûkyû no kaki ni tsuite (On Ryukyu's Firearms) Okinawa Bunka, No. 36, pp73-92, July 2000

Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD By Thomas, D Conlan, Amber Books Ltd, 2008

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