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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.

Instructor Bio:

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.

Recommended Reading:

Yoshimoto, Banana. Kitchen, 2006. Soseki, Natsume. Kokoro, 1996. Goto-Jones, Christopher. Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction, 2009.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A61 Daniel Metraux Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Tu 2:30-4:00 p.m. The R. R. Smith Center A

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