Current Courses

Spring 2018

HIST 2652: Topics in Japanese History: Research Seminar

Mondays, 2:00-4:00pm
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For the spring 2018 semester, the focus will be on sites of "dark tourism" and/or public history in Japan.  We will read some basic works on these topics in English and Japanese, and examine the controversy of 2015 over the designation of a number of Japanese factories, shipyards and mines founded in the Meiji era as UNESCO world heritage sites.  Students will then select a particular Japanese (including Japanese empire) site of public history/memory and "dark tourism" for analysis in a seminar paper.

Societies of the World 13/HIST E-1821: Japan in Asia and the World

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am
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Japan is a collection of islands, but its past and present unfolds through continuous interaction with wider worlds. This course places Japan in contexts of Asian and global history. It begins with the people, institutions, and ideas of premodern Japan, from the emergence of a court-centered state 1500 years ago to a warrior-dominated society centuries later. We then examine the tumultuous process of change from the 19th century through the present and explore how people in Japan have dealt with the dilemmas of modernity that challenge us all.

HIST E-1821 is being offered as part of the Harvard Extension School's Distance Education Program.