History of Japan

This week -- what was colonial Korea like? We'll do a quick overview of 35 years of colonial economic, political, and social policy to give you a feel for what Japan's goals in Korea were and how those goals effected the lives of ordinary Koreans.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_159.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

This week, the Korean Kingdom's final years see the desperate bid of King Gojong to salvage Korea's independence. Ultimately, however, Korea's royal family will be unable to save itself, and in 1910 Korea's independence will be snuffed out completely for the first time since the era of Kublai Khan.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_158.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

This week, a three way competition for control of Korea between Japan, China, and Russia heats up! Factional fighting in the Korean court will drag Japan and China into conflict; in the end, the Koreans themselves are sidelined when it comes to controlling their own fate.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_157.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

This week, Korea encounters the West. We'll introduce the early Western forays into Korea, explain how Japan came to sign the first unequal treaty with its neighbor, and look into the factionalization of the Korean royal court.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_156.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

This week: we get up to speed on Korean history, so that we can begin exploring the turbulent Korean-Japanese relationship. Pirates, coups, Mongols, poetry battles -- we've got it all!

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

This week: what happens when Buddhists go to war? We'll explore the relationship between the Japanese Empire and the Zen Buddhist establishment.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_154.mp3
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This week, we conclude our series on the rise of the samurai with murder, intrigue, political reform, and gratuitous Game of Thrones references.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_153.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The Genpei War comes to a close in this action packed episode! Kyoto will fall! The Taira will burn! Oxen will be deployed as tactical weapons!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_152.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

This week, we let slip the dogs of war as Japan plunges into a new phase of conflict. Though Prince Mochihito will not make it out of 1180, the rebellion he starts will catch on in eastern Japan. Young Minamoto no Yoritomo, with some prodding from his new father-in-law/captor, will rise up to assume his birthright as leader of the Minamoto (but not without some controversy).

Direct download: History_of_Japan_151.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

We're live, folks! Sorry for the delay. It's time for the career of Taira no Kiyomori, the man whose talent and ambition was matched only by his temper and his ego.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_150.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:28am EDT