198: Japan the the Four Dragons
Dr. Daniel Meissner
Coughlin Hall 324 (288-3552)
Office Hours: MWF 9:00-10:00 (or by appt.)
To familiarize students with the historical development of specific Far Eastern nations over the course of the last century. Since these nations have significantly impacted international economics and politics in the modern era, knowledge of their history, society and culture is necessary in understanding the role of Asia in contemporary global affairs, and the direction of East-West relations in the new millennium.
To acquire specific knowledge of significant people, places and events in modern Far Eastern history.
To acquire in-depth knowledge of major political systems, economic trends, and social structures in these Asian nations.
To familiarize students with historical resources and web page construction.
To integrate this information in rational discussion and analysis from an Asian – rather than Western – perspective.
Peter Duus. Modern Japan
There will be two examinations for this course: a midterm and a final. Both examinations will consist of short identifications and essay questions related to the readings, lectures and discussions. No make-up exams will be given.
There will be a total of five-six quizzes, administered approximately every second Friday of class.
Students are required to write three short analytical papers (approximately 2-3 typed pages each) based on contemporary media articles on Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Singapore.
In order to adequately prepare for lectures and discussions, the assigned readings for each week should be completed prior to class.
Regular attendance is required and active participation in class discussions is expected. Absences will adversely affect your grade. Students missing more than six (6) classes can not pass this course. Prior written notice must be given by students missing class to attend university sponsored activities or events.
Students are expected to stay current in their readings, complete projects on time, participate in discussions, and abide by Marquette University academic rules and regulations.
Students who need special accommodations in order to meet any of the requirements of this course should speak to the instructor at the beginning of the semester.
1/19 Martin Luther King Day – No Class
1/21 Japan: Structural Change During the Tokugawa
1/23 The Tokugawa in Decline
Readings: Duus, Chs. 2-4
1/26 Meiji Reformers
1/38 Meiji Constitution
1/30 Workshop: Quiz
Readings: Duus, Chs. 5-7
2/2 Strength and Expansionism
2/4 Industrialism and Modernization
2/6 Workshop: First Analytical Article Due
Readings: Duus, Chs. 8-9
2/9 Growth of Civil Government
2/11 The Economy and War
2/13 Workshop: Quiz
Readings: Duus, Chs. 10-11
2/16 The war of Japanese Aggression
2/18 Rise of Militarism
Readings: Duus, Chs. 12-13
2/23 Pacific Expansion: Asia for the Asians
2/25 War and Occupation
2/27 Workshop: Quiz
Readings: Duus, Chs. 14-15
3/1 Containment, Korea, and the Reverse Course
3/3 Midterm Review
3/5 Midterm Exam
Readings: Duus, Chs. 15-16
3/8 Spring Holiday
3/10 Spring Holiday
3/12 Spring Holiday
3/15 Sony, MITI and the Miracle
3/17 Economic Power
3/19 Workshop: Second Analytical Article Due
Readings: Duus, Chs. 17-18
3/22 The Bubble Economy
3/24 Japan Today
3/26 Workshop: Quiz
Readings: Duus, Chs. 19-20
3/29 Hong Kong: Asian Trade Depot to Export Giant
3/31 Hong Kong: Asian Financial Center; Chinese Takeover
4/2 Workshop: Third Analytical Article Due
Readings: Liu Shuyong. "Hong Kong: A Survey of Its Political and Economic Developments"
Chalmers Johnson. "The Mousetrap of Hong Kong"
4/5 Taiwan: KMT, politics and economics
4/7 Taiwan: "Made in Taiwan"
4/9 Easter Break
Readings: Ralph Clough. "The Enduring Influence of the Republic of China on Taiwan Today"
Parris Chang. "Don't Dance to Beijing's Tune"
4/12 Easter Break
4/14 South Korea: Rising from the Ashes
4/16 South Korea: Industry and Exports
Readings: Brian Bridges. "East Asia in Transition: South Korea in the Limelight"
B. C. Koh. "South Korea in 1996: Internal Strains and External Challenges"
4/19 Singapore: Independence
4/21 Singapore: Authoritarian Capitalism
Readings: Melanie Chew. "Human Rights in Singapore: Perceptions and Problems"
Denny Roy. "Singapore, China and the ‘Soft Authoritarian' Challenge"
4/26 Japan & the Four Dragons: the Asian Financial Crisis
4/28 Domination of China: The Political and Economic Prospects for Japan & the Four Dragons
4/30 Review for Final
5/4 Final Exam (1:00-3:00pm)