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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 16, 2013

In part two of our podcast on the Russian incursions into the Kuril island chain and Japanese territories during the Edo period, we continue to look at the sailors, misfits, and adventurers of the Okhotsk sea region, as well as the history of land grabbing and politics that led to the current occupation of the Kuril island chain by Russia.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Golovnin, Vassilii Mikhailovich. Memoirs of a Captivity in Japan

Lensen, George. Early Russo-Japanese Relations The Far Eastern Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 1 (Nov., 1950), pp. 2-37

Tooke, William. View of the Russian Empire during the reign of Catharine the Second, and to the close of the present century (1799)

Wildes, Harry. Russia's Attempts to Open Japan Russian Review Vol. 5, No. 1 (Autumn, 1945)

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over ten years ago

I don't usually or lightly use overused words like "offended"/"offensive", but you characterization of Japanese patriots concerned about the Senkakus as right-wing lunatics is offensive. The Senkakus are absolutely Japanese territory, and Japanese people who object to absurd Chinese claims on Japanese territory, and Chinese incursions in Japanese water/land/airspace, should not be insulted for their common sense and their patriotism.