Japan and the World, 1850-1950

History 275F

Spring 2016
Day & Time: 
W 12-2P

This course is an introductory survey of the historiography of modern Japan. Its major theme is the transformation of Japanese life in the modern era. Reading a book (or a book +) per week, we will cover major, essential questions of the century from the opening of Japan’s ports to the aftermath of defeat in the Pacific War. Specific themes will include the nature and course of the Restoration, political and ideological struggles of the Meiji era and subsequent incipient democratization; cultural transformations, including religious conversion and innovation and the emergence of new, even unprecedented literary forms; epochal shifts in economic structure and forms of everyday life; the formation of the Japanese empire, its expansion and ultimate collapse.

Course Books

Japan's Total Empire by Young, Louise UC Press. ISBN: 13: 978-0520219342 Required
shinto and the state by hardacre, helen princeton up. ISBN: 13: 978-0691020525 Required
toxic archipelago by walker, brett unit of washington press. ISBN: 13: 978-0295991382 Required
embracing defeat by dower, john norton. ISBN: 13: 978-0393320275 Required
war without mercy by dower, john pantheon. ISBN: 13: 978-0394751726 Required
molding japanese minds by garon, sheldon princeton up. ISBN: 13: 978-0691001913 Required
japan's modern myths by gluck, carol princeton up. ISBN: 13: 978-0691008127 Required
bad water by stolz, robert duke up. ISBN: 13: 978-0822356998 Required
the culture of the meiji period by irokawa, daikichi princeton up. ISBN: 13: 978-0691000305 Required
as we saw them by miyoshi, masao paul dry books. ISBN: 13: 978-1589880238 Required
splendid monarchy by fujitani, takashi uc press. ISBN: 13: 978-0520213715 Required
women of the mito domain by yamakawa, kikue stanford up. ISBN: 13: 978-0804731492 Required