HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Section: 004 Japan's 16th Century Revolution: Christians, Samurai, Tea Masters, and Merchants
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Cost:
<50
Advisory Prerequisites:
HISTORY 202.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

How does a country move from a condition of Total War to Total Peace? We examine this complex process by studying the history of Japan in its most violent age, the “sengoku (country-at-war, 15th-17th c)” period. At this seminal moment, the world was shrinking. Spain and Portugal first, but also the Netherlands and the Great Britain, advanced into East Asia and brought their religion and commerce, which sometimes camouflaged each European sovereign’s raw political ambitions. On the Japanese archipelago, its residents experienced incessant civil warfare, devastating destructions, and rapid transformations. While aristocrats, now impoverished, reformulated their traditional cultural capital for survival, and commoners assumed innovative new roles, the warriors, the period’s demonstrative protagonists, invented practical and philosophical solutions to the complex and ever shifting challenges that they themselves created. Eventually, using the new global horizon to their advantage, the so-called Three Unifiers emerged and energized the drive for unshakable peace, instituting new practices and ideas that would shape the two and a half centuries of pax Tokugawa. (1600-1868). In Total Peace, the society-wide experience of protracted warfare would become a cherished memory, now reshaped and romanticized by the non-fighting descendants of the sengoku warriors.

Course Requirements:

Three short papers and occasional quizzes

Intended Audience:

Juniors and seniors

Class Format:

class discussion based on the assigned readings, including first-hand accounts written by Europeans in Japan, and two full-length films.

HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
23469
Open
15
15LSA Jr>
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
27841
Open
15
15LSA Jr>
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
30932
Open
15
15LSA Jr>
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
P
32428
Open
15
15LSA Jr>
-
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0939512734
They came to Japan : an anthology of European reports on Japan, 1543-1640, Author: edited by Michael Cooper., Publisher: Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan Repr. 1995
Required
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