HIST 030, EAST 030
Four centuries of Japan’s history explored through the many incarnations, destructions, and rebirths of its foremost city. Focus on the solutions found by Tokyo’s residents to the material and social challenges of concentrating such a large population in one place. Tensions between continuity and impermanence, authenticity and modernity, and social order and the culture of play.
HIST 307, EAST 301
The Making of Japan's Great Peace, 1550-1850
Examination of how, after centuries of war in Japan and overseas, the Tokugawa shogunate built a peace that lasted more than 200 years. Japan’s urban revolution, the eradication of Christianity, the Japanese discovery of Europe, and the question whether Tokugawa Japan is a rare example of a complex and populous society that achieved ecological sustainability.
Readings in Japanese History to 1850
A critical introduction to debates in the history of Japan up to about 1850, with particular emphasis on the Tokugawa and Meiji periods but some coverage of earlier times as well.