Rise and Fall of Postwar Japan




Examines Japan’s rise from the ashes of wartime defeat to global economic power and subsequent stagnation, with primary focus on society and economy.  Considers the value and the limits of a narrative of “rise and fall” as the framework for understanding the 75 years since World War II, with focus on trends in gender roles, social (in)equality, and human impact on the environment.  Asks how have people in postwar Japan, and the government, explained to themselves and the world the previous embrace of empire and war.  


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Faculty: Andrew Gordon
Semester: Full Fall Term
Time: Tues, Thurs, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. ET
HIST 1026