Militarism, Authoritarianism and Modernisation: Japan from 1800 to 1945 (HIC2321)
|Staff||Professor Alan Booth - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module aims to introduce students to the political economy and socio-political trajectory of Japan from roughly 1800 to the end of the Great Pacific War. It uses concepts drawn from the sociology and politics of development and from development economics to investigate how the closed, introspective Japan of the late Tokugawa period was transformed into a modern industrial society but one which turned its back on representative democracy and adopted increasingly authoritarian, militaristic and ultra-nationalist structures, symbols and practices.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. understand the main themes in the modernisation of Japanese social, economic and political institutions and culture together with very close knowledge of the areas selected for essay and presentation work.
- 2. analyse, using methods drawn from history and the social sciences, the changing and complex nature of the Japanese state and society over the period.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon historical texts relating to a specific historical period or theme
- 4. collate data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary.
- 5. with limited guidance, handle different approaches to history in areas of controversy
- 6. work with primary sources under direction from the module tutor.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. show evidence of ability to read and use texts and source materials critically and empathetically.
- 8. present material for group discussion and have respect for others reasoned views.
- 9. with limited guidance, gather and deploy material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument
Theories of modernisation; Tokugawa economy and society; Internal and external threats to Tokugawa security; The Meiji Restoration; Meiji economy, society and politics; Taisho democracy(?); The militarism of Japanese politics in the 1930s; Manchuria, China and plans for domination of the eastern hemisphere; Defeat and Japan’s public memory of modernisation and war.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Lectures||11||These provide the main outline of skills and knowledge that is required for this module and are delivered by the module leader. Further reading will be supplied on ELE and you will be expected to read widely around the lectures|
|Film programme||10||A programme of four feature films offers different perspectives on Japanese militarism, from the Japanese, Chinese and American viewpoints giving students dramatized accounts of a range of themes and episodes ranging from the honour of the samurai tradition, Japanese atrocities in China during the 1930s, and Japanese army strategy in the Great Pacific War..|
|Seminars||11||These provide the main opportunity for student-led discussion of the modules themes and for group-work. Guided reading will be provided on ELE and you will be expected to prepare fully for these classes beforehand|
|Guided independent study||118||Guided study following the ranges of exercises, assessments and readings. Information on what is expected will be supplied through ELE|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Draft Individual essay||2,000 words||1-9||Written feedback through Turnitiin|
|Group presentation||30 minutes||1-9||Immediate verbal feedback from peers and tutor|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Individual Essay||100||2,000 words||1-9||Written and verbal comments on formal submission|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Individual essay 2,000 words||Individual essay 2,000 words||1-9||Referral-deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Basic reading: W.G. Beasley, Japanese Imperialism, 1894-1945, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1999 A. Gordon, A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present, Oxford, OUP,2003 M. B. Jansen, The Cambridge History of Japan, vol. 5, Cambridge, CUP, 1989. M. B. Jansen, The Making of Modern Japan, Harvard, Harvard University press, 2002. P. Duus, The Cambridge History of Japan, vol. 6, Cambridge, CUP, 2005 ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1124 Web based and electronic resources: Japanese National Diet Library on-line documentary sources http://www.ndl.go.jp/modern/e/utility/index.html Japanese National Diet Library on-line portraits http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/index.html
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1124 Web based and electronic resources: Japanese National Diet Library on-line documentary sources http://www.ndl.go.jp/modern/e/utility/index.html Japanese National Diet Library on-line portraits http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/index.html
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Other resources: DVDs of ‘Twilight Samurai’; ‘City of Life and Death’; ‘Red Sorghum’, ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’.
Available as distance learning?
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Key words search
Japan, Meiji, Militarism, Authoritarianism, Modernisation