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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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Aug 6, 2014

In this episode, Forest leads a talk on Japan's thinking going into World War Two.  With the benefit of hindsight, it becomes apparent that Japan's plan going into WWII was based on a collection of flawed assumptions, and was tied to the misguided hope that the US will to fight could be broken in a reasonably short...

Aug 1, 2012

In this episode we move forward in time to World War Two and talk about the documentary screening we attended, MIS - Human Secret Weapon. MIS is a documentary about the US Military Intelligence Service, a top-secret program created by the US government to prepare for war with Japan, comprised of Japanese Americans who...