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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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Jan 19, 2016

In this episode, your hosts go back to basics and bust the popular myths of the Samurai.  They look at Loyalty, Honor, who could become Samurai, Seppuku, and other myths and misconceptions of the Samurai.  This  episode is part one of two.

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Mentioned in this podcast:

Conlan, Thomas. The Culture of Force and Farce: Fourteenth-Century Japanese Warfare No. 2000-2001. Harvard University, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, 2000.

 Conlan, Thomas D.  State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth-Century Japan Univ of Michigan Center for; illustrated edition edition (July 2003)

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

Friday, Karl. Valorous butchers: The art of war during the golden age of the samurai Japan Forum. Vol. 5. No. 1. Taylor & Francis Group, 1993.

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John Grey
a year and a half ago


I just wasted a lot of time listening to you guys babbling nonsense about things that no one asked.

The question was: Has the reality anything to do with the myth of what modern Japanese love to see as the reality of Samurai?

It would have been a good idea to actually listen to this nonsense before publishing?????

Jeses f.... CHrist, you guiys arte jiust americxamns spo we will gove ypou some ccredit when it comes to thinking, but was an insulkt.

Go ahead and listen to it once more....