[D] = de Bary, William Theodore, Carol Gluck, and Arthur E. Tiedemann, eds. Sources of Japanese Tradition, Volume 2, 1600 to 2000: Part 2: 1868 to 2000. 2nd ed. Columbia University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780231139199. [Preview with Google Books]
|1||Introduction||No readings assigned|
|2||Japanese Business History||No readings assigned|
|Part I: From Samurai Government to a Modern Revolution|
|Week 2: Samurai Order and Disorder|
|3||Building Pax Tokugawa|| |
Ōishi Shinzaburō. "The Bakuhan System." Chapter 1 in Tokugawa Japan: The Social and Economic Antecedents of Modern Japan. Edited by Nakane Chie and Ōishi Shinzaburō, University of Tokyo Press, 1992. ISBN: 9780860084907.
[G] Chapter 1: The Tokugawa Polity.
[G] Chapter 2: Social and Economic Transformations.
|4||Samurai Disorder||de Bary, William Theodore, Carol Gluck, and Arthur E. Tiedemann, eds. "The Way of the Warrior II." Chapter 29 in Sources of Japanese Tradition, Volume 2, 1600 to 2000: Part 1: 1600 to 1868. 2nd ed. Columbia University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780231139175. [Preview with Google Books]|
|Week 3: The Decline of Tokugawa Shogunate|
|5||Troubles at Home, Dangers from Abroad|| |
Aizawa Seishisai. "New Theses: One - Prefatory Remarks." In Anti-Foreignism and Western Learning in Early-Modern Japan: The New Theses of 1825. Edited by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi. Harvard University Asia Center, 1992. ISBN: 9780674040373. [Preview with Google Books]
———. "New Theses: Four - What is Essential to a Nation [Kokutai] (III)." In Anti-Foreignism and Western Learning in Early-Modern Japan: The New Theses of 1825. Edited by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi. Harvard University Asia Center, 1992. ISBN: 9780674040373. [Preview with Google Books]
———. "New Theses: Six - The Barbarians' Nature." In Anti-Foreignism and Western Learning in Early-Modern Japan: The New Theses of 1825. Edited by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi. Harvard University Asia Center, 1992. ISBN: 9780674040373.
———. "Adult Years." In Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai. University of Arizona Press, 1991. ISBN: 9780816512560. [Preview with Google Books]
[G] Chapter 3: The Intellectual World of Late Tokugawa.
|Week 4: Japan's Modern Revolution?|
|6||Overthrowing the Shogunate|| |
[D] Notehelfer, Fred G. Chapter 35: The Meiji Restoration, pp. 5–10.
[G] Chapter 4: The Overflow of the Takugawa.
|7||From “Restoration” to “Revolution”|| |
[D] Notehelfer, Fred G. Chapter 35: The Meiji Restoration, pp. 10–12.
[GR] Book II, Chapter 15: The Last Year of Feudalism.
[G] Chapter 5: The Samurai Revolution.
|Part II: Competing Modernities|
|Week 5: Building a Civilized Nation|
|8||The Politics of “Civilization and Enlightenment”|| |
[D] Notehelfer, Fred G. Chapter 35: The Meiji Restoration, pp. 12–17: The Abolition of Feudalism and the Centralization of the Meiji State.
[D] Craig, Albert. Chapter 36: Civilization and Enlightenment.
"Throwing Off Asia I - Woodblock Prints of Domestic 'Westernization' (1868–1912): Visual Narratives." MIT Visualizing Cultures.
[G] Chapter 7: Social, Economic, and Cultural Transformations.
|9||The Culture of Enlightenment|| |
[GR] Book II, Chapter 1: First Glimpses of Japan.
[GR] Book II, Chapter 2: A Ride on the Tōkaidō.
[GR] Book II, Chapter 3: In Tōkiō, the Eastern Capital.
"Yokohama Boomtown - Foreigners in Treaty-Port Japan (1859–1872): Visual Narratives." MIT Visualizing Cultures.
|Week 6: Democracy and Empire I|
|10||Democracy and Constitutional Government|| |
[D] Huffman, James. Chapter 37: Popular Rights and Constitutionalism.
[G] Chapter 6: Participation and Protest.
|11||Meiji Imperialism|| |
[D] Notehelfer, Fred G. Chapter 35: The Meiji Restoration, pp. 17–24: Consequences of the Iwakura Mission: Saigō and Ōkubo on Korea.
[T] Goto, Shimpei. "Preface."
[T] "A Word to My Readers."
[T] Chapter 1: Brief Survey of Our Successes.
[T] Chapter 2: The Administration of Formosa Looked at From the Legislative Standpoint.
Fukuzawa Yukichi. "Good-bye Asia (Datsu-a)." Chapter 12 in Japan-A Documentary History: The Late Tokugawa Period to the Present. Edited by David J. Lu. Routledge, 1996, pp. 351–3. ISBN: 9780765600363.
[G] Chapter 8: Empire and Domestic Order.
|Week 7: Democracy and Empire II|
|12||Japan’s “Imperial Democracy”|| |
[D] Tiedemann, Arthur E. Chapter 40: The High Tide of Prewar Liberalism, pp. 148–80.
"Social Protest in Imperial Japan - The Hibaya Riot of 1905: Essay by Andrew Gordon." MIT Visualizing Cultures.
[G] Chapter 9: Economy and Society.
[G] Chapter 10: Democracy and Empire between the World Wars.
|Part III: Modernity’s Crisis and its Aftermath|
|Week 8: Japan’s Jazz Age and its Discontents|
|13||Sounds and Visions of Modernity||Kawabata Yasunari. Excerpt from The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa. University of California Press, 2005. ISBN: 9780520241824.|
|14||Ideologies of Crises|| |
[D] Barshay, Andrew. Chapter 41: Socialism and the Left.
[D] Jansen, Marius. Chapter 42: The Rise of Revolutionary Nationalism.
[G] Chapter 11: The Depression Crisis and Responses.
|Week 9: War on Multiple Fronts|
|15||Japan’s “World War II”|| |
[D] Duus, Peter. Chapter 43: Empire and War.
[G] Chapter 12: Japan in Wartime.
|16||War Abroad and at Home|| |
[C] Chapter 2: Toward a New Order, pp. 47–50.
[C] Chapter 5: The Emperor's Warriors, pp. 127–34.
[C] Chapter 6: Demons from the East, pp. 151–67.
[C] Chapter 13: The Slaughter of an Army, pp. 267–76.
[C] Chapter 15: Special Attack, pp. 306–13.
[C] Chapter 19: A Terrible New Weapon, pp. 382–91.
|Week 10: Occupation and Beyond|
|17||The Allied Occupation|| |
[D] Mayo, Marlene. Chapter 44: The Occupation Years, 1945–1952, pp. 323–72.
[G] Chapter 13: Occupied Japan: New Departures and Durable Structures.
|Part IV: History, Memory, and Media in Postwar Japan|
|Week 11: Monsters, Imaginary and Real, in Postwar Japan|
|18||In-class Viewing: Gojira. Directed by Ishirô Honda. Color, 96 min. 1954.||No readings assigned|
|19||Contextualizing "Gojira"|| |
[D] Gordon, Andrew. Chapter 45: Democracy and High Growth.
[G] Chapter 14: Economic and Social Transformations.
[G] Chapter 15: Political Struggles and Settlements of the High-Growth Era.
|Week 12: Geopolitics and Democracy in Contemporary Japan|
|20||Japan as “No. 1”?|| |
McGray,Douglas. "Japan’s Gross National Cool." Foreign Policy, November 11, 2009.
[G] Chapter 16: Global Power in a Polarized World: Japan in the 1980s.
|21||Democracy in Theory and Practice|| |
Nakano Koichi. "Contemporary Political Dynamics of Japanese Nationalism." Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 14, Issue 20, no. 6 (October 15, 2016).
[G] Chapter 17: Japan's "Lost Decades": 1989–2008.
[G] Chapter 18: Shock, Disaster, and Aftermath: Japan Since 2008.
|Week 13: History and Memory in Contemporary Japan|
|22||In-class Viewing: The Wind Rises. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Color, 126 min. 2013.||No readings assigned|
|23||The Wind Rises, cont.||[D] Gluck, Carol. Chapter 49: Thinking with the Past: History Writing in Modern Japan, pp. 553–82: The Asia-Pacific War in History and Memory.|
|Week 14: Presentations on Essay 3|
|24||Student Presentations||No readings assigned|
|25||Student Presentations||No readings assigned|