ASIAN 451 - Japan's Modern Transformations
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course explores the history of Japan from a semi-feudal system in the 17th through early 19th century to its rise as a world economic power in the latter half of the 20th century. We cover major historical themes that emerge from these four centuries of radical change: the disintegration of official forms of control during the latter part of the Tokugawa era (1600-1867) and the rise of new commoner social and cultural spheres; Japan’s forced entry into a world market in the mid-19th century and the establishment of the modern Japanese nation-state; industrial and social modernization; new, mass forms of political and cultural participation in the early 20th century; the rise of Japanese imperialism in Asia; the Pacific War and its aftermath; the U.S. Occupation and postwar recovery; “high-growth economics” and its social-environmental costs; culture and political economy in “post-industrial” Japan.

The course gives particular attention to the diversity of historical experiences within Japan and to the conflict and contention that have shaped the early modern and modern history of this Asian nation. Class sessions combine lecture, discussion and audio-visual presentation.

Course Requirements:

Brief reflection essays on weekly readings, a midterm exam, and a take-home final essay.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students and early-career graduate students. Some background in Asian Studies and/or History is helpful, but not required.

ASIAN 451 - Japan's Modern Transformations
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0199930163
A modern history of Japan : from Tokugawa times to the present, Author: Gordon, Andrew, 1952-, Publisher: Oxford University Press 2014
ISBN: 9780231139878
The autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa, Author: Fukuzawa, Yukichi, 1835-1901., Publisher: Columbia University Press 2007
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