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Christoph Giebel
HSTAS 424
Seattle Campus

The Emergence of Postwar Japan

The making of modern Japan; World War II and surrender; American occupation; postoccupation rebuilding; emergence as an industrial power. Recommended: JSIS A 242. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 424.

Class description

This course studies Japanís post-World War II emergence and gives considerable emphasis to US-Japan relations. It begins with the American decision to use the atomic bomb and the Japanese decision to surrender. It continues with consideration of the American occupation of Japan, Japanís formation of a new national purpose concentrating on economics, the mechanisms of rapid economic growth, postwar nationalism, the US-Japan alliance, development of Japanese-style democracy, the values of middle class Japan, and Japanís troubles in the post-old War era.

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Class assignments and grading

Class Assignments and Grading An hour exam constitutes on-fifth of a grade, a term paper of 10-12 pages constitutes two-fifths, and the final examination two-fifths.


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 Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 02/25/2000