Meiji 150

History 275F

Fall 2018
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Wed 12–2pm
Class Number: 
26071
Units: 
4

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, the event which by pretty much unassailable consensus marks the beginning of Japan's modern age. The purpose of the seminar is to explore the question of what the events of 1868 and the subsequent Meiji era (1868-1912) meant for Japan itself and for the world at large, both in their own era and since. As far as possible course themes will be set around (translated) primary documents of various kinds, accompanied by classic and more recent scholarship pertinent to those themes. Students in all fields are welcome. Those interested in enrolling should contact the instructor in advance.