In recent years, a full-blown paradigm shift of early modern Japanese history has been under way. Previously, Tokugawa Japan (1600–1868) was often understood as a “closed country” (sakoku), defined ... Lesen Sie weiter
In recent years, a full-blown paradigm shift of early modern Japanese history has been under way. Previously, Tokugawa Japan (1600–1868) was often understood as a “closed country” (sakoku), defined precisely by the absence of significant connections to the rest of the world. Now, scholars are rediscovering and re-evaluating the manifold cultural, economic and diplomatic exchanges with its neighbors and the wider world that took place throughout the early modern period.
In this seminar, we will engage with recent research and translated sources that explore Japan’s place in East Asia and the world. While starting out with a general framework of early modern history, the seminar does not offer a balanced account of all aspects of Tokugawa period Japan. Instead it focuses specifically on topics that shed light
on the ways in which Japan participated in, shaped, and in turn was influenced by larger spatial and cultural configurations.
The main goal of the course is to learn about the Japanese experience in its own right. Yet, from time to time we will adopt a broader perspective and discuss current historiographical issues. We will, for example, ask why Japanese and Western historians alike have been invested in the notion of the “closed country”; investigate the meaning of the period label “early modern” and its relationship to “modern” history; and consider the Japanese case in light of current approaches in world and global history.
*Hinweis für Studierende im MA Japanologie*
Dieses Seminar kann gemeinsam mit der Übung Bungo/Kanbun (LV 14021, angeboten von Prof. Königsberg & Zachmann, Do 16-18 Uhr) als Vertiefungsmodul belegt werden. Schließen