HIS 164 - Introduction to Japanese Civilization
Survey of Japanese history and introduction to Japanese culture. Origins of Japanese civilization. Chinese and Korean influences in early Japan. Classical Japan (Nara and Heian periods): institutions, social life, culture. Medieval Japan: rise of the Bushi, new forms of Buddhism, social and cultural developments. Early modern Japan: wars of unification, Tokugawa period. Meiji Restoration and its consequences. The modernization of Japan: industrialization, imperialism, cultural changes, the Pacific War. Japan since 1945.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify the main chronological divisions in Japanese history.
2. Identify some of the major elements in traditional Japanese culture.
3. Describe some of the major features of the political, social, and cultural life in Heian and medieval Japan.
4. Describe some of the major features of the polical, social, and cultural life in Tokugawa Japan.
5. Account for the Meiji restoration and describe its consequences.
6. Identify some of the main features of Japan's modernization (1868-1953).
7. Identify some of the main developments in Japan since 1953.
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