Spring term, 2016
Prof. Edwin E. Moise
Office: Hardin 102
Cell Phone: 650-8845
Messages can be left in my mailbox in Hardin 126, or in the box on my office door.
Office Hours: I will try to be in my office at the following hours, but it won't always be possible. On the other hand, I will be in my office, and available to you, for much more of the week than my official office hours. E-mail me, or just check and see if my door is open.
Monday 2:30-3:20 Tuesday 11:00-12:00, 2:00-3:15 Wednesday 10:10-11:00, 2:30-3:20 Thursday (none) Friday (none)
I do not emphasize trivial factual details in this course. On tests and quizzes I will NOT ask you to name the Prime Ministers who served during the 1950's, much less tell me the exact dates they served. There are some facts you need to know, but they are more important things than names and dates.
The written work will be:
--Three short papers, on assigned topics, worth 40 points each, two of which will be newspaper research exercises.
--A test (70 points) and the final exam (120 points), which will be mostly essay questions.
--One minor essay quiz, which will be announced in advance. 20 points.
This adds up to 330 points. I use a 90%, 80%, 70% scale, sometimes modified in favor of students but never against them. In other words, 297 points (90% of 330) is guaranteed to be an A, 264 points is guaranteed to be a B, 231 points is guaranteed to be a C. But 295 or 294 points might quite possibly become an A, depending on how the class as a whole is doing.
Any student who has an average of 90% or better, for work up to the final exam, will be permitted to exempt the final.
Academic integrity requires that we not try to pass other people's work off as our own.
As far as I can recall, I have not caught any students committing plagiarism in this course, in past years. But experience with plagiarism in other courses at Clemson suggests that if there were to be a plagiarism case in this course, it would probably take the form of one student copying another student's 40-point short paper, maybe changing a few words and substituting synonyms, but leaving the two papers still so similar that it is obvious the resemblance could not be coincidence. I would be likely to bring charges both against the student who copied and the student who allowed his or her paper to be copied.
There are some ways in which it is perfectly all right for student to help each other. If two students want to study together getting ready for a test, great. Only if help were still being given after I had handed out the questions would the help become improper. But if two people work together on a newspaper research exercise, and turn in papers that are very similar because each has been getting a lot of help from the other in writing it, both will be in deep trouble. If one of your fellow students asks to look at your paper, to get a better idea of how the assignment was to be done, please say no. They should come to me to ask for further explanations of the assignment, rather than looking at a completed paper to give them their clues. If too papers are so similar it is obvious the author of one must have seen the other, I will file charges.
Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should make an appointment with Dr. Margaret Camp (656-6848), Director of Disability Services, to discuss specific needs within the first month of classes. Students should present a Faculty Accommodation Letter from Student Disability Services when they meet with instructors. Accommodations are not retroactive and new Faculty Accommodation Letters must be presented each semester.
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There will also be reading that I ask you to do online.
The following course outline is tentative. It may be modified slightly because of unexpected events. Items marked >>> are required reading.
January 6: Introduction to the course.
January 8: Traditional Japanese Civilization
>>> Gordon, pp. 3-9
>>> Hane, pp. 3-9
January 11: Japan under Tokugawa Rule
>>> Gordon, pp. 11-34
January 13: The Western Impact
>>> Gordon, pp. 35-57
January 15: The "Meiji Restoration"
>>> Gordon, pp. 57-75
January 18 NO CLASS
January 20: Initial modernization and reactions to it
>>> Gordon, pp. 76-95. (If you have seen the Tom Cruise film "The Last Samurai," notice that the events on which the film was based are covered on pp. 84-85 of Gordon.)
January 22: Rural Life
>>> Hane, pp. 9-33
January 25: Rural Life, continued
>>> Hane, pp. 33-62
January 25: Quiz
January 27: Rural life, continued; Rural women
>>> Hane, pp. 62-101
January 29, February 1: Urban Life
>>> Gordon, pp. 95-112
>>> Hane, pp. 172-205
February 3: The Growth of the Japanese Empire
>>> Gordon, pp. 113-137
February 5: Rural poverty
>>> Hane, pp. 103-136
February 8: Outcastes
>>> Hane, pp. 138-71
February 10: Poverty and Prostitution; begin the story of woman rebel Ito Noe
>>> Hane, pp. 206-225, 247-52
February 12: Women Rebels, continued
>>> Hane, pp. 252-292
February 15: Economy and Society
>>> Gordon, pp. 139-160
February 17: Coal Miners; review
>>> Hane, pp. 227-245
TEST February 19
February 22: Politics and International Relations in the 1920s
>>> Gordon, pp. 161-180
February 24: The Depression and the rise of Japanese militarism
>>> Gordon, pp. 181-201
February 26: The Second World War.
>>> Gordon, pp. 202-215
February 29: The Second World War, continued
>>> Gordon, pp. 215-223
>>> Schlesinger, pp. 19-30
March 2, 4: The American Occupation of Japan
>>> Gordon, pp. 224-241
>>> Schlesinger, pp. 30-45
March 7, 9: The New Japan
>>> Gordon, pp. 243-67
>>> Schlesinger, pp. 46-58
>>> Hane, pp. 295-320
March 11: Politics in the New Japan
>>> Gordon, pp. 268-284
March 21: The Cold War in Asia
Please give source notes. I want to be able to tell in each section of your paper which article or articles you are discussing in that section. It is not enough to have a list at the end, if I can't tell as I read the paper which article you are discussing where. Source notes must give page numbers. I don't care about the format of source notes as long as they tell me what I need to know. Any format that allows me easily to discern the name of the author if it was given, the title of the article, the title of the publication, and the date and page, is OK.
There is no requirement that you use The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, or The Times of London, but those papers have the advantage that you can access them online through the Clemson Library's Databases Page. If you want to use newspapers other than those, your best bet is to go to the Microfilm Reading Room on level 2 of the Library, which has quite a few newspapers on microfilm. Or you could use weekly newsmagazines. Some are available bound into volumes, on the shelves on level 1 of the library. The only weekly newsmagazine whose back files are available online, so far as I know, is Time. You can get to it by going through the Clemson Library's online catalog.
March 23: Kakuei Tanaka and his political machine
>>> Schlesinger, pp. 59-90.
March 25, 28: The Strange Victory of Kakuei Tanaka
>>> Schlesinger, Part II
March 30: The Bubble of the 1980s
>>> Gordon, pp. 285-307
April 1: Japan in the 1980s; the changing international environment
April 4, 6: The Second Generation of the Gundan
>>> Schlesinger, Part III
April 8: Major problems for the economy
>>> Gordon, pp. 308-322
April 11: The Gundan in decay
>>> Schlesinger, pp. 229-264
April 13: The possibility of political change?
>>> Gordon, pp. 322-329.
>>> Schlesinger, pp. 264-285
April 15: Aftermath
>>> Gordon, pp. 329-335.
Please give source notes. I want to be able to tell in each section of your paper which article or articles you are discussing in that section. It is not enough to have a list at the end, if I can't tell as I read the paper which article you are discussing where. Source notes must give page numbers if they are available (even when you read a newspaper article online, the web site will usually tell you what the page number was in the newspaper). I don't care about the format of source notes as long as they tell me what I need to know. Any format that allows me easily to discern the name of the author if that was given, the title of the article, the title of the publication, the date and page, and where you found it on the Internet if that is where you found it, is OK.
April 20: Japan since 2008
>>> Gordon, pp. 336-354.
>>> Matt Alt, Japan's Cute Army, New Yorker magazine, November 30, 2015.
April 22: Review
FINAL EXAM Tuesday, April 26, 8:00 a.m.
Web site of the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas
Clemson University Academic Success Center, which provides help and tutoring for students encountering academic problems. It does not, however, have tutors specifically for History courses.
The Nikkei 225, Japan's equivalent of the Dow-Jones Average.
Edwin Moïse's homepage
Revised March 8, 2016.