Japanese imperialism from 1914 to 1945

Course Dates: 04/05/20 - 15/06/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This course provides a short introduction to Japanese imperialism during the period between World War One and World War Two. Starting with Japan’s acquisition of territories under a League of Nation’s mandate, through to its domestic political-military issues of the 1930s leading into World War Two.


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.


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Review by N/A / (Posted on 30/10/2019)
I would really recommend taking the course if only to challenge the traditional western perspective of the period. The course is interesting on its own and gives a broader frame of reference when combined with other history courses relating to the period.
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Review by David / (Posted on 30/10/2019)
Best for history students
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Tutor Biographies
Dale Mineshima-Lowe

Dale joined City Lit in 2010 and has taught a range of courses on the history and politics programmes. She also teaches in the both 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.

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Course Code: HH567

Mon, eve, 04 May - 15 Jun '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Full fee: £89.00
Senior fee: £89.00
Concession: £39.00

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