This week, we’ll cover the military campaigns of 1868. Edo will (surprisingly anticlimactically) fall, the north will rebel, and Matsudaira Katamori’s domain of Aizu will be overrun after a brutal two month siege. In the end, only the small splinter territory of the Ezo Republic will be left standing.
Listen to the episode here.
Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan.
Drea, Edward. Japan’s Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1853-1945.
Goro, Shiba, Mahito Ishimitsu and Teruko Craig. Remembering Aizu.