HIS 341M • Modern Japan
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Survey of Japanese history from the late Tokugawa period to the end of World War II: the crisis of the samurai state; the Western challenge and the Meiji revolution; modern nationalism and imperialism; industrialization and social change; the democracy movement; the changing position of women; fascism, militarism, and total war. We will focus especially on the subjective experiences of Japanese women and men who lived through and created Japan's distinctive path to modernity.
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