Japan's Empire and its Legacies (fall 2016)
This course examines the dramatic rise and fall of Japan's colonial project and the consequences for Japan and its former subject peoples. It begins with the Meiji Restoration in 1868, tracing Japan’s rapid modernization project and the many contradictions it entailed. It continues by analyzing the motivations for and the impact of Japan’s colonization of Korea and parts of China, leading eventually to its conflict with the United States during the Second World War. In the final portion of the course, students will conduct guided research into one of the many “issues of history” that still grip the Asia-Pacific, like collaboration, forced labor, “comfort women,” the Yasukuni war shrine, the dropping of the atomic bombs, or history textbooks.
After successfully completing this course students should be able to:
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