Militarism, Authoritarianism and Modernisation: Japan from 1800 to 1945 (HIC2321)

15 credits

The module charts to trajectory of Japan from a closed, introverted nation in the 1850s, through defeat and humiliation by the imperial powers in the 1860s, to its search among the advanced nations of the late 19th century for pathways to modernisation, to the closing of that opportunity in militarism, ultra-nationalism and fascism of the 1930s. The military led the Japanese governments of the 1930s into armed conflicts in China, which led ultimately to Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima/Nagasaki. The module should appeal to those who have a grounding in history and/or politics but implies no prior knowledge of Japanese or Asian history.