Episode 392 – The Lords of the Sea, Part 3

This week, we’re talking about how Hideyoshi finally tamed Japan’s pirates, and why that makes them so hard to understand from a historical perspective.


Shapinsky, Peter. Lords of the Sea: Pirates, Violence, and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan

Antony, Robert J (Ed). Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers: Violence and Clandestine Trade in the Greater China Seas.

Ma, Guang. “Re-evaluating the Wokou Problem in East Asia in the 1220s and 1390s from the Perspective of Environmental History.” Journal of Asian History 54, No 2 (2020).

Andrande, Tonio, Xing Hang, Jerry Bentley, and Anand Yang. Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in Global History, 1550-1700.


A Tokugawa era illustration of an Atakebune.
An illustration of Kuki Yoshitaka’s 2nd fleet (including one of his six new model Atakebune) from 1593.
Kuki Yoshitaka, Nobunaga’s naval commander.
A map of the siege works surrounding Ishiyama Honganji. You can see the site’s proximity to a river, which meant cutting it off by sea was a necessity for a successful siege.

1 thought on “Episode 392 – The Lords of the Sea, Part 3”

  1. How did the fishermen pay their taxes during the Edo Period if they didn’t grow rice?

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