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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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Nov 6, 2011

This episode of the Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast, we tackle  a recurring question that comes up time and again: the misunderstanding of "strategy" vs. "tactics" as used in military history.  Most people seem to think the words are interchangeable.  However, when you're discussing military history, it's important to use the correct terms because they imply completely different things.  This examination of the meaning and application of strategy, operations, and tactics is illustrated by both modern examples, as well as the battle of Okehazama and the battle of Nagashino.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Conlan, Thomas. Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior 1200-1877 AD By Thomas, D Conlan, Amber Books Ltd, 2008

Von Clausewitz, Carl. On War Princeton University Press; 1St Edition edition (June 1, 1989)

Samurai Archives Blog: Strategical Buffoonery

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