Untangling history’s greatest controversies

Every month, host Zach Cornwell takes a hard look at the historical conflicts that raise difficult questions, stoke controversy, and send our moral compasses spinning.

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Showdown at the Ikedaya Inn: Samurai Secret Police

On June 5th, 1864, the Shogun’s secret police raced against time to foil a sweeping terrorist plot in Kyoto. The ensuing bloodbath would have far-reaching consequences for the future of Japan.

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Hillsborough, Romulus. Shinsengumi: The Shogun’s Last Samurai Corps. 2005.

Hillsborough, Romulus. Samurai Revolution. 2014.

Hillsborough, Romulus. Samurai Assassins. 2017.

Jansen, Marius B. The Making of Modern Japan. 2000.

Ravina, Mark. The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori. 2004.

Esposito, Gabriele. Japanese Armies, 1868-1877. 2020.

Charles Rivers Editors. Commodore Matthew Perry. 2020.

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