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The Transformation of Japan: From Feudalism to Nationhood

Course Prefix: 
HI
Course Number: 
332
Course Credits: 
3

An investigation into the transition of Japan from a feudal, agrarian society dominated by a military dictatorship to a modern, western-style nation and the world's second leading economic power. The major aspects of traditional Japanese society, culture and politics will be examined first, followed by a study of creation of the modern Japanese state. Consideration will be given to the speed with which this transformation was accomplished, Japanese expansion and militarism and Japan's "economic miracle" following the World War II. Prerequisite: sophomore or departmental permission.