Spring 2019

Japan's Empire in Asia, 1868–1945

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-370  |  History, as HIST-370


Trent E. Maxey (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 370 [AS] and ASLC 370 [J]) Japan emerged as the only non-Western multi-ethnic empire in the second half of the nineteenth century.  Comparing that empire to others across the globe, this course will consider how Japanese imperialism facilitated the complex circulation of goods, ideas, people and practices in modern Asia. We will ask how that complex circulation shaped Japan, as well as the colonial modernities of Taiwan, Korea, and Manchuria.  Topics will include the formation of a regional imperial order in Asia, colony and metropole relations, gender and imperialism, regional migration, empire and total war, decolonization, and history and memory. Requirements include short response papers and topical essays. Two class meetings per week.

Spring semester. Professor Maxey.

HIST 370 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM CHAP 210
Th 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM CHAP 210

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque: The Living, Dead, and Undead in Japan's Imperialism, 1895-1945 Durham, NC: Duke Univ. Press, 2010 Driscoll, Mark Amherst Books TBD
Shanghai Ann Arbor, MI: Center for Japanese Studies, 2001 Riichi, Yokomitsu Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015, Spring 2019, Fall 2020