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Unknown Soldiers Podcast Episode 20-23, the Imjin War Series: Sources

Hi everyone. For the rest of February, the Unknown Soldiers Podcast will cover the Imjin War: the samurai invasions of Korea from 1592 to 1598. What follows is my ENTIRE source list in one big post where everyone can find it. Anything labeled "Imjin War" comes from THIS set of sources, so I put them all here so you can reference them all at your leisure. For some of these, I consulted the entire book; for others, I just got quotes and certain chapters. Some of the broader works were used for context only. I hope everyone enjoys this series! So if you want to read more about the Imjin War after you're done with this series, my recommendation for the average listener is Stephen Turnbull's Samurai Invasion, though it may be harder to find for some. Samuel Hawley's The Imjin War is much more readily available on Kindle and Amazon, much easier to obtain. Either one of those are excellent starting points, but both are limited in scope and depth as I mention in my Intro Episode.


Berry, Mary Elizabeth. Hideyoshi. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1982.

Black, Jeremy, ed. Warfare in the Early Modern World, 1450-1815. London: Routledge, 1999.

Brook, Timothy. The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.

Chase, Kenneth. Firearms: A Global History to 1700. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Haboush, JaHyun Kim. The Great East Asian War and the Birth of the Korean Nation. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.

Hawley, Samuel. The Imjin War: Japan’s Sixteenth-Century Invasion of Korea and Attempt to Conquer China. Seoul: The Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch/UC Berkeley Press, 2005.

Kim, Jinwung. A History of Korea: From Land of the Morning Calm to States in Conflict. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2012.

Lee, Ji-Young. China’s Hegemony: Four Hundred Years of East Asian Domination. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.

Lorge, Peter. War, Politics and Society in Early Modern China. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Lorge, Peter. The Asian Military Revolution: From Gunpowder to the Bomb. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Seth, Michael J. A Brief History of Korea. North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle, 2019.

Shin, Michael D, ed. Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea: Economy and Society. Boston: Leiden, 2014.

Spence, Jonathan D. The Search for Modern China. New York: Norton, 1990.

Swope, Kenneth M. "Crouching Tigers, Secret Weapons: Military Technology Employed During the Sino-Japanese-Korean War, 1592–1598.” The Journal of Military History Vol. 69, no. 1 (Jan. 2005): 11–41.

Swope, Kenneth M. "Deceit, Disguise, and Dependence: China, Japan, and the Future of the Tributary System, 1592–1596.” The International History Review Vol. 24, no. 4 (Dec. 2002): 757–1008.

Swope, Kenneth M. “Turning the Tide: The Strategic and Psychological Significance of the Liberation of Pyongyang in 1593.” War and Society Vol. 21, no. 2 (Oct. 2003): pp. 1-22.

Swope, Kenneth M. A Dragon's Head and a Serpent's Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592–1598. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009.

Sansom, George. A History of Japan: 1334-1615. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1961.

Turnbull, Stephen. Samurai Armies 1550-1615. Oxford: Osprey, 1979.

Turnbull, Stephen. The Samurai Sourcebook. London: Cassell & Co, 1998.

Turnbull, Stephen. Ashigaru: 1467-1649. Oxford: Osprey, 2001.

Turnbull, Stephen. Samurai Invasion: Japan's Korean War 1592–98. London: Cassell, 2002.

Turnbull, Stephen. The Samurai Invasion of Korea 1592-98. Oxford: Osprey, 2008.

Turnbull, Stephen. Samurai Armies 1467-1649. Oxford: Osprey, 2008.

Yu Song-nyong. The Book of Corrections: Reflections on the National Crisis during the Japanese Invasion of Korea 1592-1598. Translated by Choi Byonghyon. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

And one more, for the Postscript Short Round: Engels, Donald F. Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978.

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