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Japan and the Atomic Bomb

HIST 381
Fall 2008 not offered
Crosslisting: SISP 381, EAST 384, DANC 384
Certificates: International Relations

This course consists of two required parts: a classroom seminar, held on Monday afternoons, and a movement lab, held on Tuesday evenings.

The seminar focuses on the scientific, cultural, and political origins of the bombs; their use in the context of aerial bombings and related issues in military history; the decisions to use them; the human cost both to those on whom they were dropped and those who dropped them; and their place in history, culture, and identity politics to the present. Sources will include works on the history of science; military, political, and cultural history; literary and other artistic interpretations; and a large number of primary source documents, mostly regarding U.S. policy questions.

The movement lab will provide occasion for students, through an embodied approach, to ask the following questions: What is it to forget, remember, mourn, and pray? How do we transcend violence and loss? How does being or becoming a mover affect our emotional rigor and creativity in learning and understanding?

The course will be team taught. The other instructor's name is Eiko Otake. Prof Johnston will teach at the 1:10 - 4:00 time on Monday, Eiko will teach Tuesday 7:30 - 9:30.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1.5 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Arcp/Hist)(CGST-MN)(DANC-MN)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(STS)

Last Updated on MAY-21-2024
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