ASST 218 Modern Japan

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as HIST218, JAPN218
A stunning revolution, the construction and collapse of an empire, the waging of wars, devastating defeat and occupation by a foreign power, and postwar economic rollercoaster have marked Japan's modern experience. This course will explore how various Japanese from politicians and intellectuals to factory workers and urban youth have understood, instigated, and lived the upheavals of the past century and a half. We will ask why a modernizing revolution emerged out of the ashes of the early modern order; how Japan's encounters with "the West" have shaped the country's political and cultural life; what democracy and its failures have wrought; how world war was experienced and what legacies it left in its wake; how national identity has been constructed and reconstructed; and how postwar Japan has struggled with the successes and costs of affluence. Materials will include anthropological studies, government documents, intellectual tracts, fiction, films, and oral histories.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, response papers, two short papers (5 pages), and a self-scheduled final exam or research paper
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia,INST East Asian Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 30
Class Number: 3640
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ASST 218 LEC Modern Japan Division 2: Social Studies Eiko Maruko Siniawer
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