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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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Dec 19, 2012

In this episode, Nate talks about his five-part blog series Principled Warfare, where he looks at examining premodern Japanese warfare through the lens of the modern US military's 12 Principles of Joint Operations. You can find Nate at his blog, The Sengoku Field Manual:

Dec 3, 2012

In part two of our talk with Stevie Suan we continue our discussion of his book “The Anime Paradox“, and the internationalization of Anime around the world.

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Nov 20, 2012

In this episode of the Samurai Archives Podcast (Part one of two), we talk to Stevie Suan, the author of the forthcoming book “The Anime Paradox“, about examining Anime through the lens of traditional Japanese theater. Stevie Suan was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in New York City. He received his M.A. in Asian...

Nov 3, 2012

In this episode, your hosts talk about the facts and misconceptions of horse warfare and cavalry in Japan, focusing on the Takeda clan. The Takeda clan is known and renowned for its cavalry, but the images of organized and disciplined cavalry charges were not the reality of mounted warfare during this period.


Oct 14, 2012

In this episode, we look at the Takeda clan during the 1560s. After Uesugi Kenshin effectively stopped Takeda Shingen in his tracks at the 4th battle of Kawanakajima in 1561, Shingen was forced to re-evaluate his goals in the region, which led to the 1560’s being a time of great change in the Takeda clan.

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