HIST 4001 Early Modern Japan, 1600-1890: Samurai, Geisha, and Other Traditions (Fall: 3 )
This course introduces upper-division undergraduates to broad political, social, economic and cultural developments in Tokugawa Japan (1600-1868) through the early Meiji transition. Powerful shoguns, brave and local samurai, and beautiful geisha conjure up images of an exotic, traditional Japan long gone. But what did it feel like to live in the eighteenth century? How have we--and the Japanese--come to think of that era as tradition? Lectures, readings and class discussions seek to integrate political and social relations and show how they were conditioned by an increasing awareness of the wider world around Japan.
Instructor(s): Franziska Seraphim
Last Updated: 24-Jun-17