This course aims to examine Japanese diplomacy in the Meiji era from diverse angles and provide students with some new perspectives on the historical events in the period such as the triple intervention, the Anglo-Japanese alliance, and the Russo-Japanese War. Students will gain an understanding of Japanese diplomacy in the Meiji era and learn how to analyze historical events through decision-making theories, historical memory, and the concept of race.
Message to those taking this Course:
The lecturer will put special emphasis on the Russo-Japanese war of 1904–05 by showing some new scholarly works, popular history and
commemorative articles on the war that appear mainly during the years 2004 and 2005, the hundredth anniversary of the war. The lecturer will
illustrate the lecture by using slides and videotapes.
A short term paper on one of designated questions and a final essay will be assigned. Attendance and class participation will be particularly important.