This week we will be discussing the social and political structure of Edo Japan. I know, that doesn’t sound like a super-exciting topic off the bat, but I promise there’s some fun stuff there. For example, this week we get to learn about how one shogun would force Dutch traders to do wacky things for his amusement!
To make up for saying I might not get an episode to you this week, I offer you the new show a day early!
This week’s episode is focused on the reunification of Japan under Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu Tokugawa. I wanted to discuss the nature of these three men who have become so famous, and the unifying thread that ties them all together: namely, that they were not very good people.
It’s a long episode, but a great topic — I hope you enjoy it! Give it a listen here.
Totman, A History of Japan.
Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.
This week we will be covering the fall of the Ashikaga bakufu and the beginnings of the Sengoku, or W11arring States Period. As a special bonus (not really) you get to hear me desperately try to produce coherent words while suffering from a nasty head cold.
Hopefully my mutterings are at least reasonably intelligible. Enjoy the show!
This week’s episode is on the structure of the Kamakura bakufu, its war against the Mongol Yuan dynasty of China, and its eventual destruction and replacement. We’re also going to discuss some cultural innovations of the period, in the form of new Buddhist sects (Zen and Pure Land Buddhism) and the creation of Noh theater.
It’s a bit eclectic, but I think the topics are interesting, and I hope you all agree!