HIST 218
Modern Japan Spring 2010
Division II
Cross-listed ASST 218 / HIST 218 / JAPN 218
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A modernizing revolution, the construction and collapse of an empire, devastating defeat in a world war, occupation by a foreign power, and postwar economic take off and rough landing have marked Japan’s modern experience. This course will examine the main themes of modern Japanese history with a focus on how various “ordinary people” have lived through the extraordinary changes of the past century and a half. Through the perspectives of ordinary people, be it a young girl working in a cotton textile factory in the 1920s, a wartime soldier, or a teenager of the early twenty-first century, issues of national identity and nationalism, democracy, work, gender, family, youth and consumerism will be addressed. Reading materials will include anthropological studies, fiction, films, political documents, and oral histories.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: none
Expected: 30
Class#: 3100
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, response papers, two short papers (5 pages), and a self-scheduled final exam or research paper
Prerequisites: none
Unit Notes: meets Group B requirement in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ASST 218 Division II HIST 218 Division II JAPN 218 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia
INST East Asian Studies Electives

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