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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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Jan 28, 2012

In January 2012 Nate presented his paper, "Samurai as Commander: The Battle of Nagashino (1575) and the Military Decision-Making Process" at the Japan Studies Association conference, where he re-examines the battle of Nagashino, taking into account everything that a modern military analyst would examine, challenging the conventional story of what happened on the battlefield in 1575. Convention has it that Oda Nobunaga lined up 3,000 gunners behind palisades, and cut down each advancing wave of the Takeda cavalry, winning both the battle and firmly establishing guns as the new method of warfare in japan. Nate challenges these notions and more . This is the audio of his presentation.

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