The Japanese Empire

Spring 2014

HIEA 3172

The Japanese Empire

Robert Stolz

This course is an exploration of Japan’s imperial project from roughly 1890-1945. We will start by developing a critical theoretical vocabulary and basic knowledge before more in-depth readings of recent books on Japanese imperialism in East Asia (Mainly China and Korea). At the end of the semester we will also look briefly at anti-imperial and decolonization movements as well as the status of the category of “empire” for analyzing the postwar period. There will be short in-class and take-home writings, a review paper, a bibliography group project, and a final take-home exam. 

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University of Virginia
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