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.
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.
Optional background reading on the topic:
- 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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For details about other courses, please see the 'Contemporary Politics' or 'Modern Age' sub-sections of 'History' on the City Lit website: www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details