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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


May 27, 2015

In this episode, we revisit the Military Revolution theory with A Short History of Japan's Cameron Foster.  We look at the 2013 artilcle 'Military Revolution ini Early Modern Japan' by Matthew Stavros that looks at applying the Military Revolution theory to Japan's Sengoku period to explain the military advances and expansion.  We previously talked in detail about the Military Revolution theory in Episodes #1 and #2.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Morillo, Stephen. Guns and Government: A Comparative Study of Europe and Japan Journal of World History, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring, 1995), pp. 75-106

Stavros, Matthew. Military Revolution in Early Modern Japan Japanese Studies, Vol 33, Issue 3, 2013

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Matthew Stavros
almost two years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast and agree with many of the points of criticism. Indeed, the Roberts thesis has been largely debunked. To the extent that my essay stimulated some discussion, I'm deeply gratified.