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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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Dec 1, 2013

Hello listeners!  For the next few episodes we'll be airing what was originally meant to be a seperate podcast on the Samurai Archives podcast network.  In these bonus episodes, your hosts will tackle things from their own perspective from outside academia in what is intended to be a comedic and free flow format where they will debate, attack, pontificate, and throw things under the bus in the name of entertainment, intellectual discussion, and philosophizing. Often in these episodes, in the name of debate and spurring discussion, strong, adamant or outright offensive opinions may be expressed, therefore it should be clearly stated up front that everything said in these bonus episodes reflect strictly and only the views of Chris and Forest, and should not be percieved to reflect the views of any other hosts or guests of the podcast.  With that being said, please enjoy our bonus episodes.

In this first bonus episode we examine the myths and mystique surrounding Takeda Shingen and the battles of Kawanakajima.  The 4th battle of Kawanakajima is traditionally believed to be a victory for the Takeda clan, but the events that followed all point to a decisive victory by the Uesugi.  As for Takeda Shingen himself, he is considered a hero of the Sengoku, loved by fanboys at home and abroad - but was he really the magnanimous Daimyo he's made out to be, or the 16th century version of a colossal douchebag?

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Morris, Ivan. The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 1, 1988)

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Mateo Horhay
ten and a half years ago

Just heard about your podcast the other day. I am really enjoying it. Do you guys have a facebook page to join?