A Military History of the Imjin War /// 60

In this third episode of an ongoing series, Dr. Luke details the massive Chinese counterattack which spilled across the Chinese-Korean border in the winter of 1593. Tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers linked up with tens of thousands of Korean guerillas and warrior monks to drive the samurai across the Korean peninsula and into the bitter Korea Strait. Hundreds of thousands died in the ensuing combat. This is the story of that conflict – the Imjin War.

This is part three of an ongoing series. You can find part two here and part one here.

Download episode 60 here: download link


From Turnbull 2002.
From Turnbull 2002. Red figures show Japanese lines of attack.


Samurai invasion: Japan’s Korean war by Stephen Turnbull (2002)

Book of Corrections: Reflections on the National Crisis During the Japanese Invasion of Korea, 1592-1598 by Song-Nyong Yu and Byonghyon Choi  

Imjin changch’o: Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s memorials to court by Sun-sin Yi. Translated by Ha Tse-hung

Admiral Yi Sun-sin of Korea by Jong-dae Kim. Translated by Philip K Rhyu

Nanjung Ilgi: War Diary of Admiral Yi Sun-sin by Yi Sun-shin. Translated by Ha Tae-hung.

A History of Korea: from “Land of the Morning Calm” to states in conflict by Jinwung Kim

A concise history of Korea: from antiquity to the present by Michael Seth

A concise history of Japan by Brett Walker

The Cambridge history of Japan volumes 3 and 4 edited by Kozo Yamamura and John Whitney Hall 

The Imjin War by Samuel Hawley 

The samurai invasion of Korea by Stephen Turnbull 

A dragon’s head and a serpent’s tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592-1598 by Swope, Kenneth M. (2009)

The Japanese experience by W.G. Beasley

The Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, translated by William Scott Wilson

Samurai wisdom by Thomas Cleary

A history of Japan by R.H.P. Mason and J.G. Caiger

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