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Year 2017  School Center for International Education
Course Title
Summer Session (History II) 01

Instructor SCHNEIDER, Michael Alexander
Term/Day/Period summer quarter  othersothers
Category Global Studies Eligible Year 1st year and above Credits 2
Classroom 実施場所未定 Campus waseda
Course Key 9800005022 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code HISA142L
First Academic disciplines History
Second Academic disciplines Japanese History
Third Academic disciplines Modern History
Level Beginner, initial or introductory Types of lesson Lecture
  Open Courses

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2017/01/13 17:50:09

Subtitle Tokyo: History of a Megacity
Course Outline An historical survey of Tokyo’s 400-year rise from a small village through its emergence as the world’s largest city. This course explores how Tokyo became a political, social, cultural, and economic center through three distinct historical phases: shogunal, imperial, and global. The overall aim of the course is to develop your skills at reading and interpreting the Tokyo urban landscape historically. Rather than accepting the city’s current appearance as a permanent reality, readings and assignments will guide you in peeling back historical layers to reveal life in the city in different eras.  We will consider how all levels of Japanese society were influenced by the social, geographic, and international conditions that made and continue to make and remake the city.
Objectives By the end of this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the historical stages in the growth of the city of Tokyo. 2. Use concepts of social scientific analysis—spatial structure, everyday life in urban spaces, strategies and tactics of control and expression, city-hinterland relationships—to understand a city’s growth and the human interactions within it. 3. Employ various information search strategies to identify different parts of the city and acquire knowledge about the lives of the individuals, well-known and unknown, who have lived within them.
Course Schedule
Historical Roots of Edo
How and why did Edo emerge as the Tokugawa seat of power?
Orientation to Tokyo
Waseda Area Geography Tour
Geography of the Commoner City – Fukagawa Field Trip
Discussion of how geography shaped the layout of the city and life within it.

Jinnai Hidenobu, “Spatial Geography of Edo”
Scroll of the Great Meireki Fire
Map of Edo 1844-1848
Politics and Control in Edo – Fukagawa Field Trip
Managing people and power in Tokugawa Japan

Ihara Saikaku, “The Daikoku” and related material
Chushingura – Introduction to Kabuki (video)
High City, Low City
The city of the elites is contrasted with the rise of the culture of the “low city” and the impact this division had on Japanese culture and society.

Constantine Vaporis, “A Tour of Duty: Kurume Hanshi Edo Kinban Nagaya Emaki,” Monumenta Nipponica 51.3 (Autumn 1996): 279-307.
Kurume Hanshi Edo Kinban Nagaya Emaki (digital version)
End of the Shogun’s City
The twilight of Edo and the coming of the Meiji Restoration.

Ando Hiroshige, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Making an Imperial City
How 'Edo' was re-made as 'Tokyo' to serve a new political life.

T. Fujitani, Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1996).
Politics and Protest in the Imperial Capital
The new imperial capital was the focus of mass politics and popular protest.

Kobayashi Kiyochika, 93 Views of Tokyo
Andrew Gordon, “Social Protest in Imperial Japan: The Hibiya Riot of 1905”
Rise of the Modern City
Japan’s rise as a major world power was reflected in all aspects of cultural life of the city.

James Huffman, “Engaging the World”
Miriam Silverberg, “Modern Girl as Militant”
Taisho Era Manga and Advertisements
Imperial Tokyo at War
The city continued to evolve as a modern urban space commanding a colonial empire.

H. Cook & T. Cook, Japan at War: An Oral History (selections)
Occupied Tokyo
Tokyo faced the full consequences of the war in Asia and the Pacific.

H. Cook & T. Cook, Japan at War: An Oral History (selections)
John Dower, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II (selections)
Godzilla’s Tokyo
Why would a movie picturing the destruction of Tokyo--yet again--be such a big hit in postwar Japan?

In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage, ed. by W. Tsutsui, M. Ito (selections)
The Era of High Speed Growth
Tokyo's development mirrored Japan’s spectacular postwar economic growth.

“Japan’s Postwar Economy”
Tokyo’s “Gross National Cool”
Tokyo as a popular cultural mecca.

Douglas McCray, “Japan’s Gross National Cool”
Conclusion; Final Quiz
Conclusion; Final Quiz
Textbooks Course materials will be made available through the CourseNavi system at Waseda.
Reference Andrew Gordon, A Modern History of Japan. Oxford, 2009.
Rate Evaluation Criteria
Exam: 20% Final Reading Quiz.
Papers: 50% Tokyo Neighborhood Project – Students will complete an historical study of one neighborhood or site in Tokyo. Various resources and multiple short assignments will assist in assembling this project.
Class Participation: 30% Attendance and Participation. Attendance is mandatory.
Note / URL Main Language: English

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