Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 2981 - [Power, Culture, and Heterogeneity in Premodern Japan, 1200 - 1800]

(also ASIAN 2295 )(GHB) (HA-AS)
Fall. 4 credits.

Next offered 2014-2015.

K. Hirano.

This course covers the history of the peoples living in the Japanese archipelago from 1200 to 1800.  The history of pre-modern Japan is usually presented as a story of the origins and development of a homogeneous ethnic group called the Japanese.  This kind of history always results in reinforcing the view that the Japanese were and will continue to be a unitary entity in that particular geographical place.   Our emphasis, instead, will be on history as a process of struggle and creative activities of heterogeneous social groups or individuals.  We will neither assume the unity of the “Japanese nation” nor the homogeneity of the “Japanese people.”  Rather, we will look at the many different ways that people identified themselves in multiple spatial and temporal contexts, “Japanese” being only one of many possible categories of identification.

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