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HIST 4002 Japan in the 20th Century (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course focuses on the emergence of Japan as an international, industrialized, and democratic country from the late nineteenth through the end of the twentieth century. We will read about Meiji society as it was imagined and lived, examine ideas and realities of Japanese imperialism in Asia, discuss the nature of wartime facism compared to ultranational regimes elsewhere, and tackle contradictions that characterize postwar society, a society that grew out of the war experience while conceiving of itself as the war's obverse. Finally, we will assess the changes and challenges in the 1990's in relation to Japan's long postwar.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Franziska Seraphim

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfils Non-Western Requirement for History Majors


Last Updated: 18-Feb-15