East Asian Languages and Cultures | 18th Century Japan
E600 | 3915 | Rubinger


This seminar will look at Western historiography of early modern
Japan with particular, but not exclusive, attention to the
eighteenth century. During the first half of the semester students
will read and discuss some of the major works of eighteenth century
history, one book each week. Some of the titles include Herman Ooms’
Tokugawa Village Practice, Thomas Smith's Agrarian Origins of Modern
Japan, Maruyama Masao's Studies in the Intellectual History of
Tokugawa Japan, as well as my own manuscript, Literacy in Japanese
History, which has two chapters on the eighteenth century. The
second half of the semester will be devoted to student reports on
their own research projects. These will culminate in major research
papers by the end of the semester.

Credit given for only one of EALC E600 and HIST H675 on this topic.