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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 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
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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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Not offered in 2019

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This paper is taught On Campus
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