HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Commodore Perry Meets the Shogun: Nineteenth Century Japan
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

By the time the four battleships, exhaling black smoke, sailed into the Uraga Bay in 1853, Japan’s third shogunate and its vassal samurai had been ruling and enjoying undisturbed “total peace” for two and a half centuries. Though other Westerners had been showing up around Japan’s waters recently, this visit, led by Navy Commander Matthew Perry, seemed more determined than others to impress Japan with a greater purpose. The samurai had seen the raw power of the industrial West only a decade before when the profit-hungry Great Britain devastated Qing China in order to force the sale of opium. What to do? This course explores the momentous encounter of two forces, the rising imperialist nation, the United States, and the proud warrior regime that had barred all Christian countries from its soil centuries before. This is a story of palpable “threat and anxiety at first sight” that generated remarkable adjustments on the part of the vulnerable but also greatly impacted the aggressor. We examine this transformative time in the long history of Japan by focusing on the lives and beliefs of the samurai and the intent and conduct of the Americans. The course introduces this moment through carefully chosen feature films, journal entries, scholarly articles, and visual materials, such as comics and photographs. The evaluation will be based on regularly scheduled short writing assignments and presentations, as well as active participation and discussion. All materials will be posted on CANVAS.

Course Requirements:

Intended Audience:

First-Year Students

Schedule

HISTORY 197 - First-Year Seminar in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
31931
Open
18
18Enrollment Management
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
25878
Open
18
18Enrollment Management
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
25879
Open
18
18Enrollment Management
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
34737
Open
18
8Enrollment Management
-
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM

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