History of Japan

This week, the floodgates are open! The system has fallen, and the left is poised to seize power...or not!

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Category:History -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today, a specter is haunting Japan. But that specter is not communism; it's the ghost of the communist party, dead before it truly lived. This week on the podcast: how to kill a communist party in a few easy steps. 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_178.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

The revolution comes to Japan...but not really. Today we explore the birth and very rapid death of Japan's first socialist party, and the rise of its communist movement.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_177.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Today, we'll turn our attention to a set of ideas that will ultimately fall flat on their face in Japan (and most other places): Marxism. How did the hard left come to Japan? And before that, what even is Marxism? 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_176.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

This week, it's time for Japan's first party politician: Hara Takashi. Was he a populist hero or a wannabe elite? And in the end, does that even really matter?

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Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

This week, we explore the history of one of Japan's most popular art forms: kabuki theater. Major themes include prostitution, Tokugawa era morality laws, stagecraft, prostitution, and the superiority of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine over The Next Generation. 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_174.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Today, we'll wrap up our look at the Russo-Japanese War with some thoughts on its long term consequences. How much of an impact can a war that lasted for a year and a half really have?

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Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Apologies for the technical delay! Today, we'll watch Russia descend into chaos, and take a look at the peace negotiations that result as both sides realize they can't keep this war up. 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_172.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

It's time for the Imperial Japanese Navy to bail out the Imperial Japanese Army. But first, let's enjoy the Russian Baltic Fleet's Party Cruise to the Pacific!

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Category:History -- posted at: 11:04am EDT

In the last major land battle of the Russo-Japanese War, two great powers enter and...two great powers leave? Wait, I'm confused. How are the Japanese winning every battle and still not winning the war?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_170.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT