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HSTAS 440 A: Japanese History in Ecological Perspective

Meeting Time: 
W 2:30pm - 5:20pm
Location: 
MGH 085
SLN: 
21802
Joint Sections: 
HSTAS 540 A, JSIS A 440 A, JSIS A 539 A
Instructor:
Mark Metzler
Mark Metzler

Syllabus Description:

The island world of Japan offers a unique standpoint for thinking about ecological history. An ecological standpoint likewise illuminates the deep history of Japan. This course takes in the entire span of Japanese history, from the beginnings of human habitation to the present. Topics include ancient Japanese lifeways; climate and history; the development of agriculture; population and resources; Buddhist and animist views of outer and inner nature; urbanization from ancient capitals to Megacity Tokyo; industrialization and energy; the recent nuclear accident at Fukushima; and future visions. Readings include influential scholarly works and Japanese primary sources in English translation.

This is a small-enrollment seminar that follows a discussion-based format. The basic text is Conrad Totman, Japan: An Environmental History (I.B. Tauris, 2016 [paperback ed.]; ISBN: 978-1-78453-743-2).

--The course syllabus and other materials are posted to the "Files" folder.--

Catalog Description: 
Survey of Japanese history in ecological perspective, from early times to the present. Topics include ancient Japanese lifeways; climate and history; agriculture, population, and resources; Buddhist and animist views of outer and inner nature; urbanization from ancient capitals to megacity Tokyo; industrialization and energy; and future visions. Readings include influential scholarly works and Japanese sources in English translation. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 440; W.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:15pm
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