Current Courses

Spring 2019

HIST 2651: Japanese History: Seminar

Wednesdays, 3:00-5:45pm
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This course is designed as a paper-writing workshop for students in PhD or MA programs, whose research focuses on Japanese early modern to modern history (or international/regional history with a significant Japanese component). Reading knowledge of Japanese and a significant use of Japanese language sources is required. A major goal of the course is to give students guidance and experience in use of Japanese language sources in historical research.

United States in the World 38/HIST E-1900: Japan in Asia and the World

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:45am
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The United States has launched numerous projects of military occupation and nation-building in foreign lands since the late 19th century. These have been contradictory enterprises, carrying ideals of freedom and self-determination "offered" by force or by fiat. This course will assess the meanings and legacies of these projects by examining the ideas, strategies, policies, and outcomes of occupations ranging from the Philippines and Haiti early on, to Japan, Germany, and Korea in mid-century to, most recently, Afghanistan and Iraq. The course focuses on American activities and ideas but also examines the responses of the occupied.

HIST E-1900 is being offered as part of the Harvard Extension School's Distance Education Program.