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HIST211 Modern Japan: From Samurai to Salarymen

The transformation of Japan between the mid-nineteenth century and the 1960s from a feudal society dominated by samurai to a modern nation-state run by salarymen.

This paper introduces the history of imperial Japan and the basic concepts and categories of modern Japanese historiography. We take a broad view of imperial Japan. Our study encompasses political and social and, to a lesser extent, economic aspects of state formation and nation building in the years 1868 to 1945. Other topics that we explore include: empire building at home and abroad; the changing place of Japan in the modern world; and the impact of this change on the lives of Japanese and colonial subjects.

Paper title Modern Japan: From Samurai to Salarymen
Paper code HIST211
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
vanessa.ward@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Vanessa Ward
Textbooks
Required: McClain, James L. Japan A Modern History. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
Develop a thorough understanding of the social, political and economic foundations of a major Asian power

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard