Against Japanism

This podcast seeks to challenge the commonly held assumptions about Japan as harmonious, homogeneous, and traditional by recasting its history as a history of conflict and change, as the history of class struggles, from anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, and intersectional perspectives.

https://againstjapanism.buzzsprout.com

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h36m. Bisher sind 19 Folge(n) erschienen. .

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The Anti-Vietnam War Movement and the Red Army Faction w/ Alex Finn Macartney


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