HIST 217(F) Early Modern Japan (Same as Japanese 217)*

The ascension of powerful warlords in the late 1500s brought to an end a century of constant warfare and laid the foundation for the Tokugawa bakufu, the military government headed by the Tokugawa shogun that would rule Japan for almost three hundred years. This course will introduce students to the extraordinary changes of the years between the establishment of the Tokugawa bakufu in 1603 and its collapse in 1868, a period characterized by the growth of cities and towns, the flourishing of urban culture, and the decline of the samurai. We will focus on the political and social history of early modern Japan, including topics such as the establishment of the Tokugawa order, the roles and everyday lives of samurai and commoners, class and status, gender and sexuality, religion, education, and culture. Assigned materials will include literature, films, and primary sources in translation. Format: discussion/lecture. Evaluation will be based on class participation, response papers, two short papers (5 pages), and a self-scheduled final exam. No prerequisites. No enrollment limit (expected: 15). Open to all. Groups C and D