Aims/Description: The unit examines aspects of Japan's transformation from a pre-modern feudal state to a colonial power. The main themes covered are the construction of the modern state (1868-1912); transformation and expansion in the early twentieth century, and the Fifteen Year War (1931-45) and its aftermath. The unit will be delivered by distance learning methods in the form of self-study text materials, and will be supplemented by on-line tutoring. It will be assessed by essays.

Staff Contact: Dr R Siddle
Teaching Methods: Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work
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