Middlebury

JAPN 0236

History of Modern Japan

The History of Modern Japan
In this course we will review the major themes and events of modern Japanese history from the Meiji Restoration (1868) to the present. Through reading a variety of primary texts, historical analyses, and literature, as well as watching films, we will explore the formation of the modern Japanese nation-state, Japan’s colonial project in East Asia, 1920s mass culture, the question of Showa fascism, and Japan’s unique postwar experience, from occupation to high-growth and the “lost decade” of the 1990s. We will pay particular attention to the relationship between changes within Japan and larger global trends. 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Subject:
Japanese
Department:
Japanese Studies
Division:
Languages
Requirements Fulfilled:
AAL HIS NOA SOC
Equivalent Courses:
HIST 0236 *

Sections in Spring 2012

Spring 2012

JAPN0236A-S12 Lecture (Ward)
JAPN0236Y-S12 Discussion (Ward)
JAPN0236Z-S12 Discussion (Ward)