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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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Jun 29, 2015

In this episode, Chris and Forest look at the utility of asking "What If...?" about events in Japanese history. Some people love it, some people hate it, but can one find value in the intellectual enterprise of asking "what if"?  

In an attempt to see if there is value to the historian in asking what if, they look at Nobunaga's death and ask, "What if Oda Nobunaga hadn't died? What would have changed, what would have stayed the same?"

Mentioned in this podcast:

Ferguson, Niall. The Pitty of War Basic Books; New edition edition (March 3, 2000)

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