Fall 2009 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
How did a string of islands on the eastern edge of the Eurasian landmass become today's Japan, an economic and cultural superpower? Starting with prehistoric times, this course looks as how the early cultures and peoples on the Japanese archipelago coalesce to become "Japan" for the first time in the late 7th century and how those cultures and peoples adopt new identities, systems of power relations, and economies up to the present. This course reveals the big picture, but to understand it, the factual pixels that constitute it are examined in some detail. Students are expected to think of the course as comprehensive in the same way as a mathematics or language course.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-History)(CIR)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
(All are tentative)
Conrad Totman, A HISTORY OF JAPAN
Lady Sarashina, AS I CROSSED A BRIDGE OF DREAMS
Donald Keene, trans., CH█SHINGURA
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF FUKUZAWA YUKICHI
Norma Field, IN THE REALM OF A DYING EMPEROR
|Examination and Assignments: |
Evaluations include map quizzes and in-class tests that require a mastery of both factual detail and analytical skill. Map quiz, two hourly tests, and by popular demand, a three-hour final. All tests are cumulative.
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