Middlebury

HIST 0236

History Modern Japan/1800-1952

History of Modern Japan, 1800-1952
This course reviews the major events and enduring questions of modern Japanese history beginning with the Meiji Restoration (1868) up through the Allied Occupation (1945-1952) following Japan’s defeat in World War II. Through a variety of materials, including novels, philosophy, historical essays, and films, we will explore the formation of the modern Japanese nation-state, the “invention of tradition” in constructing a modern national identity, Japan’s colonial incursions into East Asia, 1920s mass culture, the consolidation of fascism in the 1930s, and the transwar legacies of early postwar Japan. We will pay particular attention to the relationship between transformations within Japan and larger global trends.
Subject:
History
Department:
History
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL HIS NOA SOC
Equivalent Courses:
JAPN 0236

Sections in Spring 2012

Spring 2012

HIST0236A-S12 Lecture (Ward)
HIST0236Y-S12 Discussion (Ward)
HIST0236Z-S12 Discussion (Ward)