What is the course about?
This course provides a short introduction to Japanese imperialism during the period between World War One and World War Two [1914 - 1945]. We will examine the idea of Japanese imperialism during the war and it’s acquisition of territories under a League of Nation’s mandate at the end of World War One; through to its domestic political-military issues of the 1930s leading to its demise at the end of World War Two.
NOTE: This is not a military history course, although some of the battles will be covered as part of the discussion of Japan’s imperialism during the period.
What will we cover?
• Acquisition / annexation of territories and peoples by the Japanese empire
• Issues of racial tensions and economic exploitation
• The development and rise of Japanese imperialism in the context of global imperialism during this period.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Explore aspects of Japan’s imperialism in the Asian-Pacific region
• Examine the reasons and responses to Japan’s imperial actions and expansion in the Asian-Pacific region.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an ‘introductory’ level course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses. As with all of our history and politics courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen and to think about views with which you are not familiar or may not agree, are more important than any previous knowledge or experience in the subject matter.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will consist of tutor presentations, some audio and video clips as appropriate, some in-class readings for discussion, as well as opportunities for questions and comments.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. There are no extra costs apart from your own note-taking materials.
Some optional background reading is listed below. [Other specific readings will be introduced and made available during the course via Google Classroom.]
W.G. Beasley (1987) Japanese Imperialism 1894 – 1945. Oxford University Press.
R.H. Mayers and M.R. Peattie (1984) The Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895 – 1945. Princeton University Press.
M. Hane (2013) Japan. A Short History. Oneworld Publications.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For details about other courses, please see the History and Politics available at City Lit via the website: www.citylit.ac.uk.