JAPN 217 Spring 2015 Early Modern Japan

Cross Listed as HIST217, ASST217
The ascension of powerful warlords in the late 1500s brought to an end a century of constant warfare and laid the foundation for the Tokugawa bakufu, the military government headed by the Tokugawa shogun that would rule Japan for almost three hundred years. This course will introduce students to the extraordinary changes of the years between the establishment of the Tokugawa bakufu in 1603 and its collapse in 1868, an era characterized by relative peace and stability, periods of economic growth as well as stagnation, the development of cities and towns, the flourishing of urban culture, and the decline of the samurai. We will focus on the political and social history of early modern Japan, including topics such as the establishment of the Tokugawa order, the nature of the political system, economic growth and urbanization, the legal order, popular culture, rural life, gender and sexuality, class and status, religion, and the fall of the Tokugawa bakufu. Assigned materials will include government documents, intellectual treatises, autobiographies, literature, and films.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, response papers, two short papers (5 pages), and a final paper (10 pages) or self-scheduled final exam
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia,HIST Group G Electives - Premodern
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 25-30
Class Number: 3219
JAPN 217 - 01 (S) LEC Early Modern Japan Division 2: Social Studies Eiko Maruko Siniawer
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Hopkins Hall 002 3219
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