History | MODERN JAPAN
G369 | 2953 | Wilson


2:30-3:45P     TR     BH146

A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section carries culture studies credit
	
This course will deal with Japan's history for two centuries, from
about 1800 to 2000.  Special attention will center on two moments of
change: (1) 1850-1870, the Meiji Restoration- - -from the opening of
Japan to the end of the Tokugawa universal feudal state, and (2)
1940-1960, Transwar- - -from the Pacific War (and its catastrophic
end) through the U.S. Occupation to the Postwar "democratic"
capitalist mass society.  Coursework will be based on the lectures and
readings from 5 paperback books:

John Dower. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II.
(1999)
Richard Frank, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire
(1999)
Ienaga Saburo.  The Pacific War  (1978)
Kenneth Pyle. The Making of Modern Japan  (1996 ed.)
George Wilson, Patriots and Redeemers in Japan (1992)

Test requirements: a bluebook midterm exam (worth 40%) and bluebook
final (60%).  Take-home exams may be substituted if student interest
warrants.