HIS 350L • Japan-U.S. Relations-W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Following a discussion-based format, we will comprehensively survey Japanese-U.S. relations in their political, cultural, military, and economic dimensions, from their beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century to the present. We will consider in special detail one decisive episode, the American occupation of Japan that followed World War II. Seminar members will each write and present for discussion a substantial research paper on a selected aspect of Japanese-American relations.
Walter LaFeber, THE CLASH: U.S.-JAPANESE RELATIONS THROUGHOUT HISTORY (W.W. Norton, 1997) John W. Dower, EMBRACING DEFEAT: JAPAN IN THE WAKE OF WORLD WAR II (W.W. Norton, 1999); additional readings to be specified.