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Fall 2015-2016
* HIS 322 / EAS 324 (HA)   No Audit

20th-Century Japan

Sheldon M. Garon

The course provides a general introduction to Japanese history from 1890 to the present, with emphasis on Japan's rise as the modern world's first non-Western power, imperialism, industrialization, social change, gender relations, democracy, World War II, the U. S. Occupation, state management of society, the postwar "economic miracle" and recent stagnation, and the preoccupation with national identity in a Western-dominated world. In the final weeks, we will think about post-1945 developments in terms of continuities with (and divergences from) the prewar and wartime history of Japan.

Sample reading list:
Gordon, A Modern History of Japan
Hane, Peasants, Rebels and Outcasts
Tanizaki, Naomi
Cook and Cook, Japan at War: An Oral History
Dower, Embracing Defeat
Garon, Molding Japanese Minds

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will vary in length from week to week, but will average 150 pages per assignment. An essay on the topic of one's choice (8-10 pages) is due by the end of classes.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20939 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:29 Limit:50
20940 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20941 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
20942 P03 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W   Dickinson Hall   207   Enrolled:8 Limit:12
23159 P04 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:10 Limit:12
23160 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled