Fall 2021 not offered
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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