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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


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 blood was less important than the continuation of the "name".

Mentioned in this podcast:

Spafford, David. What’s in a Name?: House Revival, Adoption, and the Bounds of Family in Late Medieval Japan Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies Volume 74, Number 2, December 2014 pp. 281-329

Spafford, David. A Sense of Place: The Political Landscape in Late Medieval Japan Harvard University Asia Center; 1 edition (September 9, 2013)

Murakami, Yasusuke. Ie Society as a Pattern of Civilization Journal of Japanese Studies 10, no. 2 (1984): 279-363


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