Spring 2008

Modern Japanese History: 1800-2000s

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-47  |  History, as HIST-18


Trent E. Maxey (Section 01)


(AS) (Also Asian 47.) This course introduces the modern history of the Japanese archipelago, from the late Tokugawa period through the rise of the modern Meiji nation-state, colonial expansion and total war. We will conclude with the postwar economic recovery and the socio-political challenges facing the Japanese nation-state in the early 2000s. Along the way, we will explore in the specific context of Japanese history themes that are relevant to modern societies, including the collapse of a "traditional" regime, industrialization, imperialism, feminism, nationalism, war, and democracy. Classes will consist of lectures along with close readings and discussions that engage primary texts, scholarship, and film. Requirements include short response papers and topical essays. Three class meetings per week. Second semester. Professor Maxey.