This course will feature an examination of the relationship between Japan and the United States after World War II, tracing its evolution from a one-sided arrangement in the immediate postwar era to a partnership of global significance in recent decades. Focus will be on events that defined the relationship and the challenges that had to be overcome in reshaping it. Click on the Syllabus bar
to the left for more details on the content of the course and the requirements.

The first five weeks will be devoted to a general survey of the subject conducted by the former Japanese ambassador to the United States, Takakazu Kuriyama. Ambassador Kuriyama regularly teaches at Waseda University in Tokyo, but  in the fall of 2000 he will be at Lawrence as the Stephen Edward Scarff Distinguished Visiting Professor. 

Because Ambassador Kuriyama has to return to Japan  after the first half of the course, Professor Doeringer of the Lawrence Departments of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures will take over the second half of the course.
During that period, students will work individually or in small groups, pursuing some aspect of the subject in greater depth under the guidance of Professor Doeringer.

Students can register for the course as East Asian Languages and Cultures 65,
Government 65, or History 65. Sophomore standing is a the only prerequisite,
but enrollment is limit to eighteen students.

Revised 9/14/2000