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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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Feb 23, 2014

In this episode, your hosts run down a list of a few recommended Japanese history books, from introductory books to advanced.  This episode is part 1 of 2.  Want to pick up the books on  Use our link:

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Feb 3, 2014

Welcome to the third bonus episode with your hosts Chris and Forest.  In this bonus episode, your hosts look at Oda Nobunaga's retainer band.  One thing that sets the Sengoku daimyo Oda Nobunaga apart from his contemporaries was his willingness to employ primarily young men of ability who lacked rank or lineage.  The...