Fabian Drixler

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Professor of History
On leave: 
Spring 2022
320 York Street, Room 261, 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 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.

Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: T,Th 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM
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 2022
Day/Time: W 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
HIST 889, EAST 889

Research in Japanese History

After a general introduction to the broad array of sources and reference materials available for conducting research related to the history of Japan since ca. 1600, students prepare original research papers on topics of their own choosing in a collaborative workshop environment.

Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: M 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM