Faculty of Arts


Early Modern Japanese Lives



This course examines the lives, life stories and life cycles of Tokugawa Japanese. How did people choose to live and what kinds of factors shaped their choices? Readings are structured around the life experiences of Japanese people during this period, with a view to exploring how the patterns and turning points of life — such as birth, work, love, marriage, illness and death— were interpreted in the past and written about by historians.

The course will consider themes in recent history writing with attention to scholarship written both inside and outside Japan. We will read from a variety of historical genres, but a major feature will be biographical studies and primary sources in translation. No knowledge of the Japanese language is necessary.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 707 A and B.

Availability 2020

Not offered in 2020; planned for 2021


Coordinator(s) Dr Ellen Nakamura


HISTORY 707A: 15.0 points

HISTORY 707B: 15.0 points

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