BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Modern Japan

HIST 344


$ 564.00

Instructor: Aaron H Skabelund
Credits: 3.00

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For majors, HIST 200: HIstoriography or equivalent.


Main themes in Japanese history from the early 19th century to the present.

Course Content:

Unit 1: Primary and Secondary Sources, Writing and Research, History and Historiography
Unit 2: Tokugawa Japan
• Lesson 1: The Tokugawa Polity
• Lesson 2: Social and Economic Transformations
• Lesson 3: The Intellectual World of the Tokugawa
• Lesson 4: The Overthrow of the Tokugawa
Unit 3: Modern Revolution, 1868-1912
• Lesson 1: The Samurai Revolution
• Lesson 2: Participation and Protest
• Lesson 3: The Modern Monarch and the Modern Machine
• Lesson 4: Social, Economic, and Cultural Transformations
• Lesson 5: Empire and Domestic Order
• Lesson 6: Women in Imperial Japan
Unit 4: Imperial Japan from Ascendance to Ashes, 1912-1952
• Lesson 1: Taisho Economy and Society
• Lesson 2: Democracy and Empire in the Interwar Period
• Lesson 3: The Depression Crisis and Responses
• Lesson 4: Japan in Wartime
• Lesson 5: Occupied Japan
Unit 5: Postwar and Contemporary Japan, 1952-today
• Lesson 1: Economic and Social Transformations
• Lesson 2: Political Struggles and Settlements of the High-Growth Era
• Lesson 3: Global Power in a Polarized World: Japan in the 1980s
• Lesson 4: Japan’s “Lost Decades”
• Lesson 5: Shock, Disaster, and Aftermath

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.

   No Materials required for this course!