History of Japan

This week, we cover a crime wave that shocked 1980s Japan, and proved that postwar society was perhaps not quite all it was cracked up to be. Also, there's a lot of poisoned candy. 

Direct download: Episode_221.mp3
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This week, we investigate the great Zen master Dogen, who was something of an eccentric in his own time but remains one of the greatest Buddhist thinkers in Japanese history. 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_220.mp3
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Turns out, getting involved in a land war in Asia really is one of the classic blunders.

This week, how did it all pan out?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_219.mp3
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How did Japan fit into the broader framework of the Allied intervention? What were the Japanese trying to accomplish in Siberia? And who was even in charge of this damned thing? All that and more, this week. 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_218.mp3
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100 Years ago, Japan intervened in Russia to create a buffer state against the new Soviet Union. So how did that work out? We'll start answering that question this week. 

Direct download: Episode_217.mp3
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This week: why is a military failure worth 7 episodes of our time? The legacy of the Mongol invasions of Japan, explained. 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_216.mp3
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The 1281 invasion is at the gates (or the seawall, I suppose). How will round 2 play out?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_215.mp3
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This week, we prepare for round two. How are the Japanese getting ready for another invasion, and how does that new invasion begin?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_214.mp3
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This week, we cover exciting topics like meteorology and internal Mongol family politics! But wait, there's also a bit of Zen theology dashed in to spice things up!

 

It's an eclectic week on the podcast for sure!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_213.mp3
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This week I promise we'll actually get to the 1274 invasion. But first, how were the samurai who defended Japan organized, and what weapons did they use?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_212.mp3
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