Japan after the Second World war
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HWH26
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
This introductory short course will examine some of the key issues in the building of Japan in the post-World War II period through the turn of the century Examination will be of the political, social and economic spheres of Japan’s post-war reform and reconstruction, recovery and rise, and stagnation. What are the key issues Japan faced in the aftermath of the war? And how does it handle the changes necessary for redeveloping itself domestically and to later rejoin world affairs as it rises to become an economic powerhouse?
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Post-war reform and reconstruction under occupation [1945 - 1952]
- Issues of recovery and rise [1950s - 1980s]
- Issues of stagnation [post-1990s].
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain some key points in Japan’s reform and reconstruction under American occupation after the end of WWII
- List some key points (political, economic and social changes) during Japan’s ‘recovery and rise’
- Explain some of the key points that leads to Japan’s economic stagnation in the 1990s onwards and the impact this has on its politics and society.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be delivered through a presentation, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. We will use a variety maps, images, video and text throughout the session. There will be time within each session for class-group discussions as well as breakout into small groups for discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. A list of recommended resources will be provided to follow-on from the session, but this is optional.
Optional background reading that may be of interest:
Marius B. Jansen (2002) The Making of Modern Japan. Boston, MA: Harvard University Press.
Mikiso Hane (2013) Japan: A Short History. London: Oneworld Publications.
Christopher Harding (2019) Japan Story. In search of a nation. 1850 to the Present. Penguin Books.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please explore our history and politics section for additional courses over summer and in autumn.
Dale joined City Lit in 2010 and has taught a range of courses in the history and politics programmes. She also teaches in the Politics and Geography Departments at Birkbeck, University of London. She has a PhD in Politics from the University of Durham, and has taught at the Universities of Durham, Limerick, Bedfordshire, and has guest lectured at the University of Birmingham. She has a keen interest in American history/politics, European history/politics, democratic transitions & states, and global issues like the environment, migration and civic edudation. When not teaching, Dale is usually found buried in books (both textbooks and fiction!), baking, still making attempts to learn French, hiking, or squeeking away as a beginner - learning to play the violin.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.