530 episodes

This podcast, assembled by a former PhD student in History at the University of Washington, covers the entire span of Japanese history. Each week we'll tackle a new topic, ranging from prehistoric Japan to the modern day.

History of Japan Isaac Meyer

    • History
    • 4.8 • 96 Ratings

This podcast, assembled by a former PhD student in History at the University of Washington, covers the entire span of Japanese history. Each week we'll tackle a new topic, ranging from prehistoric Japan to the modern day.

    Episode 521 - Reunification, Part 1

    Episode 521 - Reunification, Part 1

    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.

    • 37 min
    Episode 520 - The Age of Chaos

    Episode 520 - The Age of Chaos

    This week on the Revised Intro to Japanese History: the social, religious, and economic changes of the Sengoku period. Though this is an age of civil war, it's also an age of tremendous growth and change, and one that will lay the groundwork of much to come in future centuries.
    Show notes here.

    • 34 min
    Episode 519 - The Low Conquers the High, Part 2

    Episode 519 - The Low Conquers the High, Part 2

    This week, we look at the flip side of the chaos of the Sengoku era in the form of two clans that rose to prominence from obscurity during the age of civil war. The first half is focused on the Mori family of western Honshu, while the second is focused on the Date, from the island's remote north.
    Show notes here. 

    • 37 min
    Episode 518 - The Low Conquers the High, Part 1

    Episode 518 - The Low Conquers the High, Part 1

    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.

    • 35 min
    Episode 517 - The Center Cannot Hold

    Episode 517 - The Center Cannot Hold

    This week: the Muromachi bakufu comes crashing down, thanks to a combination of structural weaknesses and a shogun who is more interested in painting than politics. As a result, Japan enters a new age of civil war, which will radically reshape the country.
    Show notes here. 

    • 34 min
    Episode 516 - From the Ashes

    Episode 516 - From the Ashes

    This week: Go-Daigo's regime collapses, and a second samurai government, the Muromachi bakufu, emerges. How did Ashikaga Takauji successfully establish Japan's second shogunate--and perhaps set it up for long term failure in the bargain?
    Show notes here.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

LUFC_Seb ,

An imperious historical presenter

Isaac was fantastic on Netflix’s Age of Samurai docuseries, so I searched him up and was very glad to find this podcast - I’ve only listened to one so far, but I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to trawling through this considerable back catalogue! He is a brilliant presenter of historical material and I wish him well in all his future endeavours - especially in getting another Netflix series about Japanese history on the cards!

Merrabau ,

Great Podcast

One of the best starting places for in-depth history of Japan. I love the way that it covers a broad amount of topics and isn’t just focused on a list of dates with kings and such, instead willing to go into some of the smaller stories. That being said the weekly book recommendations is really hurting my bank at the moment.

melonfann ,

Fantastic

I had to take a module on Japanese history at university and - though interested in Japan - I struggled to engage with the material and methods of historical analysis (I’m no historian!). This podcast really enriched my studies and helped me perform much better in the exams by introducing me to many primary material tidbits and less-discussed events that add dimension to textbook history. Amazing resource.

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