History | Early Modern Japan
G568 | 2680 | Elisonas

TR 2:30P-3:45P JHA106

Above section meets with HIST G358

This course will treat the samurai regime of the Edo era (1603-1868), the
ideologies that it fostered, and the society that it governed.  Particular
attention will be given to such topics as state formation, the regime's
violent reaction against Christianity, the samurai elite's code of honor
and cult of death, and the problems and pleasures of life in the Big City,
the shogun's capital Edo.  The course format will include lectures and
discussions; there will be at least one film showing.  Readings for
undergraduates will average 50 pages a week, and will be selected from
paperback books including The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific
Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan by Eiko Ikegami; Warrior Rule
in Japan, edited by Marius Jansen; Deus Destroyed: The Image of
Christianity in Early Modern Japan by George Elison; and Edo & Paris,
edited by James McClain.  There will be three examinations, each of them
covering a separate segment of the course; in other words, there is no
cumulative final.  There are no course prerequisites; that is, the lack of
a background in Japanese history will not be a disadvantage.