History | G569 2781 Modern Japan 4:00-5:15P TR BH005 Wilson
G569 | 2781 | Wilson G
Above section meets with Hist G369
This course will be concerned with the history of Japan from about 1800 to
the present. Our focus will be on periods of rapid change such as: (1)
1850-1910 (Bakumatsu-Meiji)-from the Tokugawa universal feudal state to the
Meiji imperial nation-state; (2) 1925-1985 (transwar)-from the Taisho/early
Showa military-imperial society to the Postwar democratic developmental
society. Coursework will be based on the lectures as well as readings drawn
from these seven paperback books:
Dower, John. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II. Norton,
1999 ISBN 0-393-04686-3
Ienaga, Saburo. The Pacific War. Pantheon, 1978 0-397-73496-3
Ivy, Marilyn. Discourses of the Vanishing: Modernity, Phantasm, Japan.
Chicago, 1995 0-226-388333-6
Pyle, Kenneth. The Making of Modern Japan. 2nd ed. Houghton Mifflin, 1996
Smith, Thomas. Native Sources of Japanese Industrialization, 1750-1920.
California, 1988 0-520-20637-1
Vlastos, Stephen, ed. Mirror of Modernity. California, 1998.
Walthall, Anne. The Weak Body of a Useless Woman: Matsuo Taseko and the
Meiji Restoration. Chicago, 1998 0-226-87237-8
Evaluation requirements for G369 include a bluebook midterm exam (worth 40%
of the course grade) and a 5-p. take-home final exam (40%). Class
participation will count 20% for everyone in both class sections. Graduate
students-who enroll in G569-will prepare a book review of 5-7 pp. (Review
worth 30%, midterm 25%, final 25%). G569 will meet separately some
Wednesdays at noon to discuss books & issues.