History | PREMODERN JAPAN
G567 | 2976 | Keirstead


4:00-5:15P     TR     BH147

Above section meets with HIST G357

This course will offer a sampling of Japanese history from earliest
times until about 1650.  We'll pay particular attention to the
flourishing aristocratic culture of ancient Japan, to the social,
political, and economic ferment of the medieval period, and to the
crystallization of an urban, samurai-centered polity in the sixteenth
and seventeenth centuries.  And since history is not simply a record
of what happened in the past, but the interpretation of past events
and processes, we will also examine how Japan has been viewed by
historians-to discover how historical understanding of Japan has
changed and why.  The course format will include lectures and
discussions; there will be at least one film showing.  Requirements:
three short papers (6-8 pages) and a take-home final exam.


The graduate complement to History G357, which surveys Japanese
history from earliest times until about 1650.  Each week, students
will do some additional readings in Japanese history, but in the main
the supplementary work will be focused on the middle ages in
comparative and global context.  Requirements are the same as G357; in
place of the take-home final exam, students will write a longer (15-17
pp. or so) essay on a topic of their choosing.