*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List
The Rise of Modern Japan
This course will provide a historical analysis of the evolution of Modern Japan since the end of the Edo period and the start of the Meiji period (1868-1912) with an emphasis on political and economic development and on social change. Class meeting topics will be: 1. Traditional Japan with a focus on the Edo period (1600-1868); 2. Meiji Japan—how Japan modernized itself; 3. Japan in the 1920s-30s and the rise of fascism, the road to Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War; 4. Supreme Commander for Allied Powers and the US Occupation of Japan; 5. Japan’s Economic Miracle and its decline after 1990; and 6. Japan’s future options.
Dr. Metraux lived and studied in Japan for five years, including a junior year abroad while a Beloit College (1968-69), six months as a visiting fellow at Soka University Tokyo in 1992, and a year teaching in Kyoto in 1999-2000. He has spent many summers studying and researching in Japan, primarily focusing on Japan’s Soka Gakkai, a hugh new religion with its own political party. Dr. Metraux created a successful Asian Studies Department at Mary Baldwin College, of which he is the chair, and has made dozens of trips taking students to Japan and recruiting students.
Yoshimoto, Banana. Kitchen, 2006. Soseki, Natsume. Kokoro, 1996. Goto-Jones, Christopher. Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction, 2009.
|A61||Daniel Metraux||Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28||Tu||2:30-4:00 p.m.||The R. R. Smith Center||A|