Fabian Drixler

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Professor of History
115 Prospect St, Room 238, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Tokugawa and Meiji Japan; Demographic, Social, and Cultural History; Infanticide and its Ethical Underpinnings; Stillbirths and the State in Modern Japan; Buddhist Networks and Internal Migration; History of Sustainability, Famine, and Risk Management in Early Modern Japan.


HIST 319J, EAST 319

Tokugawa Japan and the Human Condition

An exploration of what Tokugawa Japan can teach us about shared human challenges and the diverse solutions different societies have found for them. Topics include standards of physical beauty; loyalty; romantic love; naming and the power of words; animals, infants, and the boundaries of humanity; unspeakable truths and open secrets; concealed power and the power of concealment; permissible violence; acceptable disasters; and the relationship of the living with the dead. In their coursework, students are invited to draw on their knowledge of other times and places as they put Tokugawa Japan in comparative perspective.

Term: Spring 2019
Day/Time: W 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM