Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rest In Peace, Original Nagashino Presentation

I realized that I've never shared my original (though heavily modified over the iterations) presentation on Nagashino, other than the dusty old Youtube version from the Japan Studies Conference. So to put it finally to rest, I recorded it and uploaded it here for anyone who wants to see it. This is the version (mostly) that I gave at the Society for Military History conference last March. Combined with my take on Nagashino's historiography, it's a pretty comprehensive view of my work on Nagashino, though of course there are always things you have to leave out in a conference paper.

I will not be giving this presentation again. I am not leaving Nagashino, but refining what I have. For next year's Chinese Military History conference I've proposed a presentation on the intelligence gathering and deception efforts at Nagashino, to fit in with this year's theme of deception and stratagem. Of course Palo Alto will happen eventually, and Nagashino forms a large portion of what I'll talk about there. But it's time to be serious about putting this into publishable formats rather than merely tweaking it for the next conference.

Enjoy, and as always, feedback in the comments is appreciated.



  1. Loved the video Nate and just wrote a blog post about. Thanks for your groundbreaking work on this subject and putting it in a true military science format. Only problem I have is not enough on the horses. With Kagemusha (Awesome film) on most people minds, this is what people think about Nagashino. Japanese horses were small and pony like and I think you had a podcast on this subject on the SA. They were expensive and in a way more expensive than guns.

    Continue your excellent work on Nagashino.

    1. Les,

      I don't really address horses because so much has already been done about horses. One need only read Conlan's chapter about it in Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Samurai. And since I broke down the final scene in Kagemusha (yes, an awesome film until the last scene) in a previous post, I think that's pretty well covered.