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Jun 21, 2024

This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: during the 1920s, Japan's political system became more democratic and representative--an "imperial democracy" that evolved out of the Meiji system. How did this happen, and why did those democratic gains prove to be so unstable in the long term?

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Jun 14, 2024

This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: Japan joins the ranks of the great powers by building its own colonial empire. How did Japan come to be a great colonial power, what made its empire different from the others of the age, and more importantly: what made it the same?

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Heads up - No Episode This Week

Jun 4, 2024

Hello all,

I'm back from Japan, but the jetlag is hitting me harder than expected and I'm a bit behind on some other year-end stuff for the school year. As a result, there will be no new HoJ episode this week; tune in next week for a resumption of our regularly scheduled programming.


May 24, 2024

This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: the economics of Meiji Japan, and a brief foray into social attitudes towards Westernization. How did Japan transform itself from being largely cut off from the world economy to central to it within half a century, and what impact did all this change have on the...


May 17, 2024

This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: the politics of the Meiji Period! After a coalition of samurai, nobles, loyalists, and others succeed in overthrowing the Tokugawa shogunate, they must ask themselves: what comes next? And, in the time honored tradition of revolution, they answer that question...