Historia Dramatica
Meiji Restoration Part 2: Sonnō-Jōi

Meiji Restoration Part 2: Sonnō-Jōi

November 26, 2022

In this episode of our series on the Meiji Restoration, we continue to discuss the political fallout of Japan’s fateful encounter with the west, as tensions between the Shogun, the Emperor, and their respective supporters continue to escalate.

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Works Cited:

Beasley, W. G. The Meiji Restoration. Stanford University Press, 2019.

Keene, Donald. Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World 1852-1912. Columbia University Press, 2002.

Hillsborough, Romulus. Samurai Revolution: the Dawn of Modern Japan through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai. Tuttle Publishing, 2018.

Jansen, Marius B. The Making of Modern Japan. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000.

Ravina, Mark. The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011. 

Sansom, George. A History of Japan 1615-1867 Stanford University Press, 1998

Meiji Restoration Part 1: The Opening of Japan

Meiji Restoration Part 1: The Opening of Japan

November 12, 2022

In the first episode of our series on the Meiji Restoration, we discuss the state of affairs in Japan prior to and immediately following the arrival of an American fleet in Edo Bay on July 8th, 1853. Having previously been isolated from the rest of the world, the ‘opening’ of Japan was certain to have grave political and social consequences that would be felt for decades to come.

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Works Cited:

Beasley, W. G. The Meiji Restoration. Stanford University Press, 2019.

Keene, Donald. Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World 1852-1912. Columbia University Press, 2002.

Hillsborough, Romulus. Samurai Revolution: the Dawn of Modern Japan through the Eyes of the Shogun's Last Samurai. Tuttle Publishing, 2018.

Jansen, Marius B. The Making of Modern Japan. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2000.

Ravina, Mark. The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011. 

Sansom, George. A History of Japan 1615-1867 Stanford University Press, 1998

Huey Long Part 5: The Most Dangerous Man in America

Huey Long Part 5: The Most Dangerous Man in America

October 29, 2022

In this episode of our series on Huey Long, we cover the events that led up to his tragic assassination. As Huey prepared to make a bid for the presidency of the United States, he faced mounting opposition in his home state of Louisiana that threatened to put an end to his lofty ambitions once and for all.

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Works Cited:

Hair, William. The Kingfish and his Realm: The Life and Times of Huey P. Long. Louisiana State University Press, 1991. 

Long, Huey. Every Man a King: The Autobiography of Huey P. Long. Da Capo Press, 1996. 

White, Richard. Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long. Random House, 2006. 

Williams, T. Harry. Huey Long. Vintage Books, 1981.

Huey Long Part 4: Share Our Wealth

Huey Long Part 4: Share Our Wealth

October 15, 2022

In this episode of our series on the life and times of Huey Long, we watch as Huey takes his seat in the United States senate, and utilizes his new national platform to advocate for radical new policies amidst the outbreak of the Great Depression.

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Works Cited:

Hair, William. The Kingfish and his Realm: The Life and Times of Huey P. Long. Louisiana State University Press, 1991. 

Long, Huey. Every Man a King: The Autobiography of Huey P. Long. Da Capo Press, 1996. 

White, Richard. Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long. Random House, 2006. 

Williams, T. Harry. Huey Long. Vintage Books, 1981.

Huey Long Part 3: Progress in Louisiana

Huey Long Part 3: Progress in Louisiana

October 1, 2022

In this episode of our series on American politician Huey Long, we cover the remainder of Huey’s term as governor of Louisiana. Having grown even bolder after surviving an impeachment attempt, we then watch as Huey makes a fateful decision that will allow him to continue on the path to greater power. 

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Works Cited:

Hair, William. The Kingfish and his Realm: The Life and Times of Huey P. Long. Louisiana State University Press, 1991. 

Long, Huey. Every Man a King: The Autobiography of Huey P. Long. Da Capo Press, 1996. 

White, Richard. Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long. Random House, 2006. 

Williams, T. Harry. Huey Long. Vintage Books, 1981.

Huey Long Part 2: The Kingfish

Huey Long Part 2: The Kingfish

September 17, 2022

In the second episode of our series on Huey Long, we cover the first year and a half of Huey’s term as governor of Louisiana. As he consolidates his control over the state government and begins to enact his progressive agenda, his political opponents attempt to have him removed from office.

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Works Cited:

Hair, William. The Kingfish and his Realm: The Life and Times of Huey P. Long. Louisiana State University Press, 1991. 

Long, Huey. Every Man a King: The Autobiography of Huey P. Long. Da Capo Press, 1996. 

White, Richard. Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long. Random House, 2006. 

Williams, T. Harry. Huey Long. Vintage Books, 1981.

Huey Long Part 1: Every Man a King

Huey Long Part 1: Every Man a King

September 3, 2022

In this first episode of our series on Huey Long, we cover the early life of the controversial American politician as he rapidly ascends from a traveling salesman to the governor of Louisiana in less than a decade. 

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Works Cited:

Hair, William. The Kingfish and his Realm: The Life and Times of Huey P. Long. Louisiana State University Press, 1991. 

Long, Huey. Every Man a King: The Autobiography of Huey P. Long. Da Capo Press, 1996. 

White, Richard. Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long. Random House, 2006. 

Williams, T. Harry. Huey Long. Vintage Books, 1981.

Ukrainian War of Independence Part 8: An Unbreakable Union

Ukrainian War of Independence Part 8: An Unbreakable Union

June 4, 2022

In the final episode of our series on the Ukrainian War of Independence, we watch as the Ukrainian nationalists are forced to make unlikely alliances in order to withstand a renewed Soviet invasion of Ukraine. We then bring the narrative to a close and give a retrospective on the events discussed over the last 7 episodes.

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Works Cited:

Doroshenko, Dmytro. A Survey of Ukrainian History. Trident Press Limited, 1975. 

Engelstein, Laura. Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1917-1921. Oxford University Press, 2019. 

Hrushevsky, Mykhailo. A History of Ukraine. Archon Books, 1970

Hunczak, Taras. The Ukraine, 1917-1921: A Study in Revolution. Harvard University Press, 1977.

Maslakh, Serhii and Shakhrai, Vasyl. On the Current Situation in Ukraine. University of Michigan Press, 1970.

Plokhy, Serhii. The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. Basic Books, 2021.

Reshetar, John. The Ukrainian Revolution, 1917-1920: A Study in Nationalism. Princeton University Press, 1952.

Ukrainian War of Independence Part 7: Anarchy in Ukraine

Ukrainian War of Independence Part 7: Anarchy in Ukraine

May 21, 2022

In this episode of our series on the Ukrainian War of Independence, we follow the Directory as it encounters new challenges after overthrowing the Hetman. Facing off against a revanchist Poland in the west, the Entente powers in the south, Nestor Makhno’s anarchists in the east and a renewed Soviet offensive in the north, the Directory’s tenuous control over Ukraine begins to slip even further.

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Works Cited:

Doroshenko, Dmytro. A Survey of Ukrainian History. Trident Press Limited, 1975. 

Engelstein, Laura. Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1917-1921. Oxford University Press, 2019. 

Hrushevsky, Mykhailo. A History of Ukraine. Archon Books, 1970

Hunczak, Taras. The Ukraine, 1917-1921: A Study in Revolution. Harvard University Press, 1977.

Maslakh, Serhii and Shakhrai, Vasyl. On the Current Situation in Ukraine. University of Michigan Press, 1970.

Plokhy, Serhii. The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. Basic Books, 2021.

Reshetar, John. The Ukrainian Revolution, 1917-1920: A Study in Nationalism. Princeton University Press, 1952.

Ukrainian War of Independence Part 6: Liberation and Unification

Ukrainian War of Independence Part 6: Liberation and Unification

May 7, 2022

In this episode of our series on the Ukrainian War of Independence, we follow the course of events in Ukraine after the conclusion of the First World War- as the Hetman is overthrown by a new republican government, and the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic declares independence. While all of Ukraine was officially unified in early 1919, internal divisions and external pressures would once again threaten the Ukrainian national movement. 

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Works Cited:

Doroshenko, Dmytro. A Survey of Ukrainian History. Trident Press Limited, 1975. 

Engelstein, Laura. Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1917-1921. Oxford University Press, 2019. 

Hrushevsky, Mykhailo. A History of Ukraine. Archon Books, 1970

Hunczak, Taras. The Ukraine, 1917-1921: A Study in Revolution. Harvard University Press, 1977.

Maslakh, Serhii and Shakhrai, Vasyl. On the Current Situation in Ukraine. University of Michigan Press, 1970.

Plokhy, Serhii. The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. Basic Books, 2021.

Reshetar, John. The Ukrainian Revolution, 1917-1920: A Study in Nationalism. Princeton University Press, 1952.

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