The Emergence of Modern Japan


This course offers a broad investigation of the history of modern Japan from the late 1800s through to the 2000s, including current challenges from COVID-19 and major socioeconomic changes. A special aspect of this course is the use of (subtitled) feature films and short stories/novellas (in translation) to exemplify key events and to engage our imagination. We will also gain exposure to the nuanced complexities of modern Japanese history through the study of primary sources.

Requirements include short reaction papers (to readings and films) which will be gathered together into one research paper.  Prior knowledge of the Japanese language is not required. This course is relevant for any student interested in the humanities and social sciences.

A survey of modern Japanese history from 1850 to the present. Emphasis on social change as experienced by ordinary people. Includes a comparative overview of Japan's experience of modernity. This class is not open to students who have taken History 122A. Instructor: Partner


This course is being taught by Prof. Linda Ehrlich for Spring 2021.

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Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • AMES 169
Typically Offered
Spring Only