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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 19, 2014

Welcome to our next bonus episode.  Some Daimyo were skilled strategists, others lucky, staying ahead of the game with wits and cunning.  However, the battlefields of the Sengoku period are littered with the bones of men who were not so lucky.  Many Sengoku Daimyo were done in by dumb decisions, others made decisions that seemed reasonable at the time but would lead to disastrous results.  From Imagawa Yoshimoto's decision to invade Owari province, to Asai Nagamasa deciding to turn on Oda Nobunaga, we look at some decisions that not only shaped the history of the Sengoku period, but may leave you wondering just what the heck they were thinking.  This episode is part one of two.

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Morris, Ivan. The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 1, 1988)

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