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Salem, Oregon 97301

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HIST 445 Postwar Japan (1)

This course will examine Japan’s historical experience since the end of World War II. How did the Allied occupation shape the development of contemporary Japan? How has Japan evolved since the end of the occupation into a modern economic superpower? How is modern Japan governed and how do modern Japanese define themselves in terms of their own culture and in relation to the rest of the world? Using novels and films along with a variety of other readings, this course will explore these and other questions, which will help us understand how contemporary Japan sees itself and its relationship to the modern world.

Prerequisite: HIST 118, HIST 381 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Loftus