History | Modern East Asian Civilization
H207 | 24810 | O' Bryan

Above section carries culture studies credit
Above class meets with EALC-E 252				
This course will introduce students to major themes and events in
the modern histories of China, Taiwan, Japan, North Korea, and South
Korea and link these to such present-day topics as the North Korean
nuclear crisis, commemorations in 2005 of the sixtieth anniversary
of the end of the Second World War, and the world-wide cultural
presence of Japanese manga, anime, “superflat” art styles, and
electronic gaming. The course will be designed in a series of
modules that each examine in historical perspective a separate topic
of political and cultural interest. Modules topics will include the
ways in which East Asians have been both objects and subjects of
modern forms of empire; the ways in which the idea of modern
nationalism was expressed among East Asians; the rise of modern
consumption societies; the shifting place of mainline religious
traditions of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shintoism; the
role of modern war in East Asian history; and the post-WW II global
rise of East Asian film and visual arts. Each module will feature
work in primary-source written material, images and film. Taken
together, they should give students a good foundation in the
histories and dynamic modern cultures of East Asia. Although the
temporal focus will be on the modern past, the class will
continually draw attention to the contemporary relevance of our
subjects, and though the geographical focus will be on East Asia, a
recurring theme will be the interactions between East Asia and the
United States.

Credit given for only one of EALC E252 and HIST H207.