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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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Aug 19, 2012

Contrary to popular belief, every Sengoku Daimyo didn't see Japan as a giant game-board, or have the intention of "taking control of the realm". Most Daimyo were simply trying to survive and maintain their own holdings. By looking at Sengoku Daimyo and Daimyo domains through the lense of International Relations Theory, your hosts contend that the concept of "taking over Japan" may have been one that evolved gradually over the decades, rather than being an actual "goal" of the Sengoku period Daimyo from the start. This episode is part one of two.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Arnesen, Peter. The Medieval Japanese Daimyo: The Ouchi Family's Rule of Suo and Nagato Yale University Press (1979)

Berry, Mary E. Hideyoshi (Harvard East Asian Monographs) Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University (January 1, 1989)

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