This HGP class is for undergraduate (the 3rd grade and more) and graduate students of Graduate School / Faculty of Social Sciences and other graduate schools/faculties including exchange students.
Topic: Japan's War and its Aftermath ---- this lecture aims to discuss ways to understand issues of war in modern and contemporary history from a perspective of comparative history by focusing on several topics concerning Japan's War in Asia during World War II and its aftermath including issues of war memory and reconciliation.
This class aims to: 1) learn perspectives and methods of comparative history; 2) share basic knowledge about Japan's invasion and occupation of Southeast Asia during World War II and its aftermath including the issues of memory and reconciliation; 3) learn not to be judgmental but to have a temperate discussion on the controversial issues of modern/contemporary history. 4) It is not a goal of this class to share conclusions.Lecture and discussion will be conducted basically in English. Students will be allowed to use either English or Japanese in discussion. Students will be required to write their comments/reports in English.
Students will be required to: (1) read all the reading assignments for each class and be prepared to join the discussion; (2) submit required comments and/or questions (only a few lines for each comment and question are enough) by an hour before each class to Manaba; (3) submit term paper at/around the end of the term (specific date to be announced).
(the following schedule is subject to change)
1: 11 April / Introduction & Overview
2: 18 April / TBA
3. 25 April / Japan’s Path to the Wars
4. 9 May / War Planning
5. 16 May / Initial Excitement
6. 23 May / Occupation of Southeast Asia: Early Days
7. 30 May / Occupiers' Experiences: SAKAKIBARA Masahar
8. 6 June / TBA
9. 13 June/ Occupiers' Experiences: HITOMI Junsuke
10. 20 June / Politics of Independence 1
11. 27 June / Politics of Independence 2
12. 4 July / Last Days of War
13. 11 July / Memory, Mourning and Reconciliation
14. 18 July / Reserved for a makeup Class: Conclusion & Term Paper Discussion
Partial draft of the book authored by the lectures in English will be shared in the class. All the reading materials will be available on Manaba. Use of text out of class is strictly prohibited.