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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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Oct 2, 2011

In this episode of our Introduction to Japanese History series, we look at the 15th century and the build up to the Onin war, and what would ultimately lead to the age of the country at war - the Sengoku period.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Durston, Diane. Old Kyoto: The Updated Guide to Traditional Shops, Restaurants, and Inns Kodansha USA; 2 edition (April 1, 2005)

Grossberg, Kenneth. From Feudal Chieftain to Secular Monarch: The Development of Shogunal Power in Early Muromachi Japan Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Spring, 1976), pp. 29-49

Grossberg, Kenneth. Japan's Renaissance - The Politics of the Muromachi Bakufu Cornell University, New York, 2001

Mason, Penelope. History of Japanese Art Prentice Hall; 2nd edition (October 4, 2004)

Souryi, Pierre. The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture) Columbia University Press (August 27, 2003)

Verschuer, Charlotte Von. Ashikaga Yoshimitsu's Foreign Policy 1398 to 1408 A.D.: A Translation from Zenrin Kokuhōki, the Cambridge Manuscript Monumenta Nipponica Volume 62, Number 3, Autumn 2007

Yamamura, Kozo & Imatani, Akira. Not for Lack of Will or Wile: Yoshimitsu's Failure to Supplant the Imperial Lineage Journal of Japanese Studies Vol. 18, No. 1 (Winter, 1992), pp. 45-78

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almost eight years ago

Hello from the Netherlands.

I found this podcast a few months ago, and I'm doing catch-up on your Japanese history podcasts.
In this one (EP20) you mention you probably have one female listener. Well that would be me.

I expect in the next 50-or-so podcasts you have found more female listeners, can't tell, I'll know when I get there.

I'm studying Japanese language as a hobby and am interested in history and culture. Your summary of the entire history of Japan is awesome, so I want to thank you for doing that.

Time permitting, please take a look at my blog. I have summarised several of your podcasts.

Thanks guys!