ASIAN 450 - Japan to 1700: Origin Myth to Shogun Dynasty
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Waitlist Capacity:
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
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The course aims to provide a critical understanding of various aspects of Japanese history from prehistoric times through the last phase of the age of the samurai. The course emphasizes analysis of primary historical sources along with understanding of historians’ (sometimes conflicting) interpretations of historical events and processes as well as their depiction in media. Through our rigorous reading and viewing, we should come to gain knowledge of Japan’s past that refutes the simplistic and mistaken images conveyed by terms such as the “samurai,” “bushido,” “geisha,” “uniqueness,” “seclusion,” and “homogeneity.”

Course Requirements:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of attendance (20%), in-class activities, such as analysis of historical sources (30%), and 2 five-page papers (25 x 2=50%). Graduate students are required to write an additional paper on a topic of their interest.

Class Format:

Lectures and discussion.

ASIAN 450 - Japan to 1700: Origin Myth to Shogun Dynasty
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001 (LEC)
WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9780813344836
Japan emerging : premodern history to 1850, Author: edited by Karl F. Friday., Publisher: Westview Press 2012
ISBN: 9781929280704
Rethinking Japanese history, Author: Amino Yoshihiko ; translated and with an introduction by Alan S. Christy ; preface and afterword by Hitomi Tonomura., Publisher: Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan 2012
ISBN: 188544513X
In little need of divine intervention : Takezaki Suenaga's scolls of the Mongol invasion of Japan, Author: transl. with an interpretive essay Thomas D. Conlan, Publisher: East Asia Program, Cornell Univ. 2001
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