This week we’re going to cover the Genpei War between the Minamoto and Taira families and the collapse of the Heian system. We’ll also be covering the formation of the first samurai-dominated government in history, the Kamakura Bakufu.
Listen to the podcast here.
The translation of the first line of the Tale of the Heike is from Helen Craig McCullough’s translation, with a few alterations made by me for reasons of stylistic preference.
McCullough, Helen Craig. The Tale of the Heike. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 1990.
Totman, A History of Japan.
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