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.
Messages to those students taking this courese:
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.