Episode 531 - The New Japan
History of Japan
by Isaac Meyer
4d ago
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 by killing off or removing from office anyone they disagree with. Show notes here.  ..read more
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Episode 529 - Bakumatsu, Part 2
History of Japan
by Isaac Meyer
2w ago
This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: the sudden assassination of the tairo Ii Naosuke sparks the rapid ascension of imperial loyalism, an ideology devoted to the undoing of the unequal treaties and the overthrow of the shogunate. How did loyalism come to be a dominant force in the politics of the early 1860s, and how did its following collapse in just a few years? Show notes here.   ..read more
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Episode 528 - Bakumatsu, Part 1
History of Japan
by Isaac Meyer
3w ago
This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: the beginning of the end of the Tokugawa shogunate. Commodore Perry's expedition to Edo will begin a process of radical political change as a teetering Tokugawa shogunate is forced to confront a challenge of Western imperialism that it will not prove equal to resisting. Show notes here ..read more
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Episode 527 - The Beginning of the End
History of Japan
by Isaac Meyer
1M ago
This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: crises about during the late Edo period. A crisis of samurai identity! Questions around vengeance, honor, and duty! And of course, the most confounding subject of them all: macroeconomics. But hey, I'm sure we can figure this all out as long as no pesky Americans show up to ruin things, right? Show notes here.  ..read more
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Episode 526 - The Outside World and Tokugawa Japan
History of Japan
by Isaac Meyer
1M ago
This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: "closed country" isn't quite the full story. How did Japan maintain its connections to the outside world during the Edo Period? And how do some of those connections, particularly in the Ryukyus and Hokkaido, lay the groundwork for future imperial expansion? Show notes here.  ..read more
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Episode 525 - A Day in the Life of Tokugawa Japan
History of Japan
by Isaac Meyer
1M ago
This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: what was life in the Edo period like? We cover everything from food to school to entertainment as we talk through daily life in Tokugawa-ruled Japan.  Show notes here ..read more
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Episode 524 - The Tokugawa System
History of Japan
by Isaac Meyer
2M ago
This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: how did the Tokugawa bakufu operate? What did the political structure of the shoguns look like? And what makes the Tokugawa era unique in the history of warrior rule in Japan? Show notes here ..read more
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Episode 523 - Reunification, Part 3
History of Japan
by Isaac Meyer
2M ago
This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: Hideyoshi may have brought peace, but Tokugawa Ieyasu would be the one to make it lasting. How did Ieyasu seize power from Hideyoshi, and what did he do to secure it? Show notes here.  ..read more
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Episode 521 - Reunification, Part 1
History of Japan
by Isaac Meyer
2M ago
This week on the Revised Intro to Japanese History: the beginning of the end of the age of war and the rise of Oda Nobunaga. How did Nobunaga go from the ruler of less than a single province to the most powerful man in Japan in just a few decades? And what do we really know about the man himself, his plans, and his vision for Japan's future? Show notes here ..read more
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Episode 518 - The Low Conquers the High, Part 1
History of Japan
by Isaac Meyer
3M ago
This week on the Revised Introduction to Japanese History: our first foray into the age of civil war! We're looking to understand the conflicts of the Sengoku by examining the rapid falls from power during this time of the Yamana and Hosokawa clans.  Show notes here ..read more
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