ASST 321
History of U.S.-Japan Relations Fall 2017 Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as ASST321 / HIST321
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An unabating tension between conflict and cooperation has been an undercurrent of U.S.-Japan relations for over 150 years, at times erupting into clashes reaching the scale of world war and at times allowing for measured collaboration. We will explore the U.S.-Japan relationship from the perspectives of both countries with a focus on how culture, domestic concerns, economic and political aims, international contexts, and race have helped shape its course and nature. This course will fulfill the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative by examining not just the diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Japan, but also how various types of interactions have influenced the dynamics of power between these two countries and have shaped the ways in which each country has understood and portrayed the other. Topics will include early U.S.-Japan encounters; the rise of both countries as imperial powers; the road to, and experience of, World War II; the politics and social history of the postwar American occupation of Japan; the U.S.-Japan security alliance; trade relations; and popular culture. Contemporary topics will also be discussed.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1496
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; open to first-year students with instructors permission
Distributions: Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies Electives; HIST Group B Electives - Asia; HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada; MAST Interdepartmental Electives

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