The Making of Modern Japan, 1500 to Present|
Fall 2020 not offered
In a global context, Japan emerged as a major player on the world stage after 1500. While in the midst of what later was called the Warring States Period (sometimes dated 1468--1600), Japanese traders and others maintained a broad network of commerce that included not only Korea and China but spread to Southeast Asia. Europeans first reached Japan in 1543, and it was soon obvious that no European state had the military might to colonize Japan. These are the roots from which a modern Japan appeared that in the 19th and early 20th centuries militarized and set upon an imperial project until defeated at war in 1945. Since then, Japan has emerged as a postmodern, highly technological, pop culture-oriented, and aging country. One theme that will be examined across the semester is environmental change over the long term.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Arcp/Hist)(HIST-MN)
Andrew Gordon, The Making of Modern Japan
Theodore DeBary, et al., Sources of Japanese History
Teruko Craig, trans., Musui's Story
Brett Walker, Toxic Archipelago
Various articles and primary sources.
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