HIST 1951: Japanese Imperialism and the East Asian Modern




This course explores the role of Japanese imperialism in teh making of modern East Asia. By the 1940s Japan's empire stretched from the cold northern woods of Sakhalin Island to Taiwan, Korea, China, and Southeast Asia. We use the analysis of this world-historical force to examine the tensions between modernization and imperialism across the region. Readings will take us to Manchurian museums, Shanghai jazz clubs, and Burmese battlefields.