IR/HS 340 - History of Japanese International Relations

This course examines the interactions of people in Japan with the rest of the world from the late-1550s to present day. The primary focus of our discussions will be on the relationships that have developed between Japan and its nation-state and colonial neighbours in the crucible of empire. Using different historical approaches and methods, we will trace the movement of commodities, people, ideas, and practices to write and tell stories of history of connection between peoples and “things” that circulate between Japan and other nation-states. What is the benefit of internationalizing, or worlding, Japanese history? I am hoping that following the flows and international politics of human migration, networks of knowledge production, commodities, and shared resources can help us unsettle the naturalized boundaries of Japan as both country and idea.

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