HIS 341K • Origins of Modern Japan
Japan from the end of the warring-states period to the beginnings of the industrial revolution, with a focus on the culmination of the age of samurai rule, the Tokugawa period (1600-1867). Topics include national unification and the perfection of samurai rule, social and economic development, national isolation and national opening, the Meiji revolution, and the origins of modern nationalism, imperialism, and democracy. We will focus especially on the subjective experiences of Japanese women and men who lived through and created Japan's distinctive path to modernity.
active class participation 10% midterm exam 20% short essays on class readings 35% final exam 25%
Conrad Totman, Early Modern Japan,Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. KatsuKokichi, Musui's Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai, trans. Teruko Craig, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1991. YamakawaKikue, Women of the Mito Domain,trans. Kate Wildman Nakai (Stanford University Press, 2001). And others TBA.