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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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Nov 10, 2015

In this episode, Nate talks about the intersection of Military history and Japanese studies in the USA and the West.  He also gives a rundown of the history of Military History, as well as what it is and how it has changed over the decades. Part two of two.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Farris, William Wayne. Heavenly Warriors: The Evolution of Japan's Military, 500-1300 Harvard University Asia Center, April 15, 1996

Friday, Karl. Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Early Japan Stanford University Press, March 1, 1996

Friday, Karl. Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan (Warfare and History) Routledge; New edition edition (December 29, 2003)

Lorge, Peter. The Asian Military Revolution: From Gunpowder to the Bomb Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 11, 2008)

Shapinsky, Peter. Lords of the Sea: Pirates, Violence, and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan (2014)


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