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HIST 4040 Modern East Asia: Politics, Society & Popular Culture (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will examine the political, social, economic, and cultural history of East Asia (including Southeast Asia) from the end of World War II through the end of the Cold War, ending with a look at recent developments in the region. In addition to the conventional interpretation of the Cold War as a bipolar ideological conflict, we will explore several alternative frameworks for understanding the period in the East Asian context. Major topics to be examined include the legacy of imperialism, nation-building, political ideologies and civil conflict, technological transformation, changing work and family life, urbanization, economic development, and environmental pollution.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Steven Pieragastini

Prerequisites: History Core, Parts I and II

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfils Non-Western Requirement for History Majors


Last Updated: 18-Apr-17