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Kenneth B Pyle
HSTAS 423
Seattle Campus

History of Modern Japan

Political, social, economic, and cultural development of Japan from the late Tokugawa period to the present with special emphasis on the cultural impact of the West. Recommended: JSIS A 242. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 423.

Class description

This course traces the history of modern Japan from the opening of the country in the mid-19th century to World War II. Major themes are industrialization, the influence of the West, nationalism, imperialism, social change and the role of women, and the coming of the Pacific War. This is a W course

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures and films; class discussion.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

There is a map quiz, an hour examination, required paper on a subject of the student's choosing, and a final exam.

Hour exam is one quarter of grade; paper is one quarter; final is half.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kenneth B Pyle
Date: 04/04/2008