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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 23, 2014

In part 2 of our look at Japan during World War Two, we look at the aftermath of the battle of Midway, the questionable strategy of MacArthur's island hopping campaign, the overlooked Russian contribution to the Pacific war, and speculate on the necessity of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan.

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almost two years ago

I don't know if you are ever going to see this. I've been listening to your podcast for awhile, and have been working my way up to the present day casts.

You talked about myth making about World War 2. I just want to say one of the biggest myths is Soviet inevitability. The key contributing factors to their victory was the vast amount of raw materials and other resources coming from the United States. Without this it would not have been as inevitable as it seems today. So our contributions on the eastern front was as critical as it was in other theaters of the war.