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|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of History, Art History and Visual Culture's website
- Teaching staff
- Dr Vanessa Ward
- Required: McClain, James L. Japan A Modern History. New York: W.W. Norton & Company,
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