389 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

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    • 4.8 • 72 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 385 - The Iron Road, Part 2

    Episode 385 - The Iron Road, Part 2

    This week, we're talking about the role of rail in imperial Japan, with a particular focus on the infamous South Manchuria Railway Company. How does a rail line become key to Japan's imperial ambitions in China?
    Show notes here.

    • 35 min
    Episode 384 - The Iron Road, Part 1

    Episode 384 - The Iron Road, Part 1

    This week, we're starting off a look at the history of rail in Japan by exploring how this revolutionary technology was introduced to the country. And once it was, how would a government obsessed with strategic infrastructure like rail manage the complexities of funding and constructing something so jaw-droppingly expensive?
    Show notes here.

    • 36 min
    Episode 383 - Hell Hath no Fury

    Episode 383 - Hell Hath no Fury

    Today, we're taking a look at a fascinating literary text from 1000 years ago, the Kagero Nikki (most commonly translated as "The Gossamer Diary"). This is the life story of a woman whose name is not known to us, and her tumultuous, borderline abusive relationship with her husband -- and a tale of how, ultimately, she is able to find peace.
    Show notes here.

    • 36 min
    Episode 382 - Flipping the Script

    Episode 382 - Flipping the Script

    This week, we're going to stay in the Sengoku but take a step away from all this samurai action to ask: what's everybody else up to? From farmers in the countryside enjoying the fruits of a more commercialized economy (while fearing being raided by marauding armies) to merchant towns asserting their authority against warlords, it's a fascinating look into a neglected piece of the era's history.
    Show notes here.

    • 35 min
    Episode 381 - The Three Daughters of Azai, Part 2

    Episode 381 - The Three Daughters of Azai, Part 2

    This week, we cover the rest of the lives of Sugen'in, Joko'in, and Yodo-dono (and some other really fascinating incidental lives, like Hideyoshi's wife Kodai'in), and ask: what can we learn from these often overlooked narratives?
    Show notes here.

    • 37 min
    Episode 381 - The Three Daughters of Azai, Part 1

    Episode 381 - The Three Daughters of Azai, Part 1

    This week, we're revisiting some well-trod ground (the final decades of the 1500s and the careers of Nobunaga and Hideyoshi) but through new eyes -- focusing on the stories of Nobunaga's sister Oichi, and her three daughters Yodo-dono, Joko'in, and Sugen'in.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 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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