HIS 382N • Empire/Globalzatn in Mod E Asia
This course introduces a set of influential recent writings on empire and globalization in modern East Asia. Themes include "world" systems, East Asian and Western; the opium wars and the imperialism of free trade; industrial revolutions and their repercussions; religion and rebellion in the contexts of globalization and empire; the Japanese formal empire in Korea and Taiwan; the dynamism of overseas China; anti-imperialism; Japan's Manchurian empire and wartime empires; pan-Asianism and national liberation; and the construction of new "Pacific" and "Asian" ages from the U.S. occupation of Japan to the Asian economic crisis of the 1990s. I welcome participation by graduate students from disciplines outside of history and from various fields in history and encourage interdisciplinary perspectives and comparative work. I intend to adjust the selection and weighting of themes in line with the research interests of seminar participants; those interested can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The course may be taken as either a reading or a research seminar.
Weekly one-page reviews of the reading. Active discussion work. An article-length research paper.
Texts will include Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi, Anti-Foreignism and Western Learning in Early-Modern Japan (Harvard, 1986); Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence (Princeton, 2000); Peter Duus, The Abacus and the Sword: The Japanese Penetration of Korea (California, 1995); Yoshihisa Tak Matsusaka, The Making of Japanese Manchuria (Harvard, 2001); Louise Young, Japan's Total Empire (California, 1998).