Topics In Korean History Podcast show

Topics In Korean History Podcast

Summary: The Topics In Korean History Podcast is a tour through the rich, dramatic and often tragic history of the Korean Peninsula. No prior knowledge of Asian history is required, but a desire to learn more about the subject is a must!

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 “We only did our duty” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:48

On today’s show, the American response to the General Sherman incident finally comes and a new imperial player enters the international scene. Or, for those of you who listened to the Black Water Dragon miniseries, an old imperial player made new again. Click below to see more pictures and a map!

 “The Government has sworn vengeance to all Europeans…” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:39

After a series of 3 easily manipulated boy kings, royal power is eroded as the landed aristocrats take control, causing revolt in the countryside. The enthronement of the young King Gojong with his determined father The Daewongun in 1863 restored central power just in time for Korea to face multiple foreign intrusions in the last half of […]

 “Its own peculiar way of serving heaven…” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:33

The Jesuits arrive in China. Intellectual and spiritual treasons challenge the moral foundations of the Joseon Dynasty. Dramatis personae Paul Yun Ji-Chung and James Kwon Sang-yeon – Koreans first Christian martyrs Matteo Ricci – Jesuit missionary Ho Kyun – Korean emissary to the Ming The Wanli Emperor of the Ming Dynasty Yi Pyok – Early […]

 The Sparrowhawk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:05:11

In 1653, the Dutch East India Company ship Sparrowhawk hit bad weather on the way from Taiwan to Japan and was smashed onto the Korean island of Jeju. The report of their 13 year detention in Korea is a fantastic source for the life of commoners inside the 17th century Hermit Kingdom. Dramatis personae Hendrick Hamel […]

 The Black Water Dragon XI | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:38:41

Yi Sunshin fights to hold the Yellow Sea and the Black Water Dragon years come to an end, leaving behind a radically changed Asia. Ming troops try to storm Kato Kiyomasa’s fortress during the winter siege of Ulsan. (Image from Stephen Turnbull’s The Samurai Invasion of Korea )   The Black Water Dragon XI Historical […]

 The Black Water Dragon X | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:08:32

After 3 years of failed diplomacy, an enraged Hideyoshi orders his army to return to the peninsula and loot the as yet untouched province of Jeolla. A Japanese double agent succeeds in orchestrating a Korean naval disaster, while the Chinese vanguard suffers a similar fate.   The Black Water Dragon X Historical Figures – In […]

 The Black Water Dragon IX | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:16:08

While Korea struggles to rebuild, one of the greatest diplomatic ruses of all time falls apart and an enraged Hideyoshi swears to destroy the Joseon Dynasty. The first European touches Korean soil and the “what-ifs?” of a Spanish shipwreck are examined. Conservative Japanese naval tactics undermine Yi Sunshin’s support at court. The Black Water Dragon […]

 The Black Water Dragon VIII | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:47

While Ming Envoys travel to the court of Hideyoshi to discuss a peace settlement, the Japanese pull back to a “Busan Perimeter” but not before taking vengeance on a place that had stubbornly held out the previous year. As 1593 comes to a close the Korean court returns to Seoul and is confronted with famine […]

 The Black Water Dragon VII | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:08:34

The Ming relief army is ambushed and defeated north of Seoul, but Kwon Yul’s stand at Haengju prevents the supply-starved Japanese from regaining momentum. Relations deteriorate between Korean and Chinese officials, as well as amongst the commanders of the Korean navy.   The Black Water Dragon VII Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Japanese […]

 The Black Water Dragon VI | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:01

1592 comes to a close, and the multiethnic Ming relief force finally arrives on the Korean peninsula. Konishi Yukinaga and So Yoshitoshi barely escape with lives as the Japanese pull back to Seoul.   The Black Water Dragon VI Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Ming General Li Rusong Ming Officer Li Rubo Korean […]

 The Black Water Dragon V | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:34

An ambitious Ming general launches an ill-conceived attack on Pyeongyang. Japanese momentum grinds to a halt in the face of fanatical Korean resistance and another stunning naval defeat at the hands of Yi Sunshin. Meetings between Ming agents and Konishi Yukinaga leave the Korean court worried.     The Black Water Dragon V Historical Figures […]

 The Black Water Dragon IV | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:14

The 1st Division is left out to dry in Pyeongyang as guerrillas take over the roads and Ming relief begins crossing the Yalu. Another attempt to break into the Yellow Sea is blocked by Yi Sunshin.       The Black Water Dragon IV Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Korean Guerrilla Gwak Jaewoo […]

 The Black Water Dragon III | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:13:07

Hideyoshi’s army continues it’s unstoppable thrust north as Seoul, Gaeseong and Pyeongyang fall. But  600km from their base of supply and without naval support has Hideyoshi’s army gone too far, too fast? Click below there’s lots of great stuff!     The Black Water Dragon III Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Korean King […]

 The Black Water Dragon II | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:18

Hideyoshi’s forces blow through Busan and march on Seoul as organized Korean resistance collapses in the south. .     The Black Water Dragon II Historical Figures – In Order of Appearance Korean Magistrate of Dongnae Fortress Song Sanghyeon Japanese Lord So Yoshitoshi aka Dario Japanese Commander of 1st Division Lord Konishi Yukinaga aka Augustin […]

 The Black Water Dragon I | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:57:10

The events leading up to and opening shots of the First Great Asian War – Japanese Lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s ambitious plan to conquer Ming China via Joseon Korea. On today’s show, the lead up to and opening shots of the First Great Asian War. There are so many pictures and maps to see! Click “Continue […]


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