This course uses the four-volume autobiographical manga of Mizuki Shigeru (1922-2015) entitled "Showa: A History of Japan" both to survey most of 20th-century Japanese history and to introduce some basic concepts and methods of historical inquiry. Mizuki is most famous for manga that depict supernatural figures--yokai--based on Japanese folk tales. One, "GeGeGe no Kitaro," became a wildly popular animated series (check it out on YouTube). We will use that four-volume series, together with various primary sources and other materials, to track the trajectory of 20th-century Japan from democracy to militarism back to democracy again in the lives of ordinary Japanese people.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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Evaluations are based primarily on class-administered examinations and quizzes; high scores require substantial memorization.
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|Instructor(s): Johnston,William D. Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: SCIE201; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 0||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: 0||SO: 9||FR: 10|
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