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HIST 581 The Japanese Empire

HIST 581.  The Japanese Empire.  3 Credits.   H   

Although the history of modern Japan was for a long time conventionally understood within the parameters of the nation-state, in fact modern Japanese identity coalesced around empire. This reading-intensive course explores the Japanese empire from its origins in the late nineteenth century to its collapse at the end of World War II in 1945, as well as the empires post-1945 legacies in Asia. Particular attention is paid to different forms of Japanese colonial domination practiced in Hokkaido, Okinawa, Taiwan, Korea, the South Seas Islands, Manchuria, occupied China, and Southeast Asia. We also study the ways in which the empire and colonial subjects, in turn, transformed Japanese state and society. Furthermore, we examine transnational themes the Japanese empire shared with other modern empires in areas such as colonial violence, gender, migration, settlements, war mobilization, and historical memories of the colonial experience. Prerequisite: Successful completion of an East Asian history or culture course numbered below 500; or a history course numbered below 500; or permission of the instructor.

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in History

History does not just narrate a sequence of past events. The practice of history examines change over time and tries to understand the forces that contributed to those changes. Historians are most interested in questions that begin by asking ‘why’ or ‘how.’ These questions demand complex answers about who we are, how we have come to where we are, and what forces have shaped humanity through time.

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