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
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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
Government 65, or History 65. Sophomore standing is a the only prerequisite,
but enrollment is limit to eighteen students.