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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2006

ANS 341N • Japan Since 1945

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29655 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
UTC 3.134

Course Description

Japan emerged in the aftermath of World War II in a state of almost total destruction: its people starving, its industries destroyed, its government under the control of the occupation forces. In the space of some thirty years however Japan was able to emerge as a major economic power and an increasingly important participant in international politics. In this course, we will explore the transformation of politics, society, and culture in Japan in the period from 1945 to the present. The first half of the course is organized as a chronological survey of political change after Japan's defeat. After spending roughly two weeks on the occupation period exploring the attempts to remake Japan at the hands of the U.S.-led occupation forces, we will explore political and economic developments in the period from 1950-1980. The second half of the course will be organized thematically. We will focus on a number of specific issues that are suggestive of the tensions that have shaped this society in the last fifty years: the problem of war responsibility, patterns of social protest, the politics of gender, the widening gap between city and countryside, the culture of consumerism, the relation of Japan and its Asian neighbors, etc.


Smith, Japan Since 1945 Gordon, Postwar Japan as History Garon, The State and Labor in Modern Japan Field, In the Realm of the Dying Emperor Apter, Against the State Bestor, Neighborhood Tokyo Dore, Shinohata


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