History of Japan

This week, we cover the first Japanese expeditions to Europe. How was it decided that a group of samurai should be dispatched to Rome? Were there really samurai who were also technically knights? How scandalized were the European upper classes by the idea of chopsticks? All that and more, this week!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_115.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:09am EST

This week, we cover the rise to global fame of one of Japan's greatest cultural ambassadors: Godzilla. How did a monster designed as a metaphor about the bomb become emblematic of postwar Japan? Find out this week!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_114.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In the final episode of our series on the atomic bomb, we'll talk a bit about some other theories related to the bomb before closing with some general thoughts about the bomb and what it says about how we approach and write history.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_113.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EST

This week, we look at the Revisionist critiques of the atomic bomb. Why did America use it, and was it really necessary to end the Pacific War?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:48am EST

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