History of Japan (history)

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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This week: why did Kublai go to Japan? A quick overview of the tensions that led to the first invasion, and a look at the armies of Mongols and Chinese that would fight it. 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_211.mp3
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This week: where did the Mongol Empire come from, and who was in charge when they decided to come after Japan? Also, why is the Kamakura shogunate the most convoluted form of government in a history of convoluted governments?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_210.mp3
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Today, we wrap our look at immigrants from Japan with a brief discussion of Nikkei communities in the Philippines and China, and with a look at Japan's own attempts to have Nikkei return "home."

Direct download: History_of_Japan_209.mp3
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