Postwar Japan

HISTORY 119A

Spring 2017
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
141 Haas Pavilion
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-3:30
Class Number: 
32105
Units: 
4

This course considers the history of Japan since Hiroshima—since the atomic bombings and Soviet declaration of war brought “retribution” and cataclysmic defeat to the Japanese empire in 1945. We begin with an exploration of the war itself and its complex legacy to the postwar era. Using the best recent scholarship and a selection of translated novels, essays, and poetry along with art and especially film, we then look at the six postwar decades and the transformations of Japanese life that those years have brought. We try, finally, to answer the question: has "postwar" itself come to an end?