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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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Jun 18, 2013

In part two of our podcast on the myth of Okinawan pacifism, we talk about the invasion of the Okinawan island chain by the Shimazu clan, and about the impressions that foreign sailors that landed on the shores of Okinawa thought about the islanders.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Kerr, George. Okinawa - The History of an...

Jun 8, 2013

Over the next two episodes, your hosts look at the "myth" of Okinawan pacifism.  Okinawa has been held up as an example of a completely pacifistic country victimized over the centuries by invading forces, when the reality is that Okinawa has also seen and perpetuated its own share of violence as it fought bloody wars...