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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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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 three 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.