HISTORY 392 - Topics in Asian History
Section: 101 Legacy of the Samurai
Term: SP 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This 5-week course features a fully funded ten-day trip to Japan. Enrollment is limited to eight students. There is an early application process for the course, and interested students should contact the instructor, tomitono@umich.edu, before March 12. The course examines the civil war and samurai institutions of sixteenth-century Japan, and their later remembering and glorification in visual, literary, performing and filmic arts. After getting acquainted with a popularized image of Takeda Shingen (1521-1573), or the “Tiger of Kai,” in the film, Shadow Warrior (Kagemusha; dir. Kurosawa 1980), we will consider what made him successful by examining his domain’s laws, military strategies, gender and vassalage relations, family values, religion, topography, and treatment of peasants, merchants, courtiers and priests. After three weeks of in-class work, we will fly to Tokyo, and visit the Kai Mountain area (present day Yamashina Prefecture) and Nagoya, where Tokugawa Ieyasu, an enemy of the Takeda, built the Nagoya Castle.

Grading will be based on pre-trip quizzes (30%), journal entries (40%), and a post-trip paper (30%).

Special Note: April 1 is the application deadline. There will be a form to fill out. Two recommendation letters from UM faculty members are also required.

HISTORY 392 - Topics in Asian History
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101 (LEC)
TuW 3:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: This course includes a 10-day trip to Japan. Students will be screened during WN 09 term by instructor; priority is given to first-time travelers to Japan. Interested students should contact the instructor before March 9 at tomitono@umich.edu for application information.
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