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HIST341 Patriotism: From Joan of Arc to Kamikaze

Why die for one’s country? An historical exploration of patriotism (love of country) from its late medieval European origins to early twentieth-century reception in East Asia.

This paper explores the history of patriotism (love of country) from late medieval Europe to twentieth-century Asia. The paper examines the historical origins of patriotism in late medieval scholasticism and military practice and traces the development of the idea in Renaissance Italy, seventeenth-century England and revolutionary France, before turning to the Japanese and Chinese reception of it in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The aim of the paper is thus to understand how and why patriotism was shaped and came to be glorified in the European political tradition and was assimilated through linguistic and cultural translation by East Asian societies. This course is designed for students who are interested in late medieval and early modern European history, modern East Asian history, global history and the history of ideas.

Paper title Patriotism: From Joan of Arc to Kamikaze
Paper code HIST341
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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18 200-level HIST points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Professor Takashi Shogimen


No textbooks required.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Develop scholarly skills, including the ability to ask relevant questions, interpret and critique written primary and secondary sources, construct arguments, and clearly communicate ideas
  • Understand key concepts, contexts in which they were discussed, and the historical changes of the use of the vocabularies of patriotism cross-culturally
  • Appreciate the ways in which patriotic discourses worked in the historical contexts, thus gaining an understanding of their potential in current political and moral debates
  • Develop awareness of the key methodologies employed in (global) intellectual history by engaging critically with selected secondary sources
  • Demonstrate analytical skills by developing appropriate approaches to different types of primary sources and critically engaging with select secondary sources

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


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Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 29, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
A2 Monday 14:00-14:50 29, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40
A3 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40