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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 6, 2014

In this episode, Forest leads a talk on Japan's thinking going into World War Two.  With the benefit of hindsight, it becomes apparent that Japan's plan going into WWII was based on a collection of flawed assumptions, and was tied to the misguided hope that the US will to fight could be broken in a reasonably short period of time with a "decisive battle" - before the tremendous industrial and military potential of America could be fully brought to bear.  In part one, we follow the Japanese from the start of the war to Japan's devastating defeat at the battle of Midway.

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Ugaki, Matome. Fading Victory: The Diary of Admiral Matome Ugaki Naval Institute Press; Reprint edition (March 17, 2008)

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