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ASNS2634: Samurai and Merchants: Tokugawa Japan

Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) had a complex feudal structure articulated around the shogun, the feudal lords and their samurai retainers. It also had huge cities, birthplaces of some of the first modern ways of life. The tensions between the feudal framework and the embryonic modernity of Tokugawa society make a fascinating case study in the non-Western world of what is to be modern. To do so, we shall follow a cross disciplinary approach: history, politics, sociology, economy, religion, arts and literature.

Code ASNS2634
Academic unit
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level each in either Asian Studies or History

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate understanding of the general trends of history of Japan
  • LO2. apply analytical skills to the study of the social models present in pre modern Japan
  • LO3. develop cross cultural competences through comparison of different cultural systems

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