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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Jun 28, 2011

After Japan closed its borders and kicked the Christian missionaries out of Japan, it was forced to undertake a national maritime defense to protect against any potential foreign threats. In this podcast, we examine the defense of the port of Nagasaki, from the political and military structure to the actual defenses constructed at the port. We also examine the successes and failures that occurred in Nagasaki, starting with the torching of a Portuguese ship and execution of most of its sailors in 1640, to the drastic failure to defend the port against the British Navy ship Phaeton in 1808.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Arima, Seiho. The Western Influence on Japanese Military Science, Shipbuilding, and Navigation Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 19 No. 3/4 Sophia University, 1964

Wilson, Noell. Tokugawa Defense Redux: Organizational Failure in the Phaeton Incident of 1808 Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 36 No. 1, Society for Japanese Studies, 2010

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