Summer 2022 - HIST 236 D100

Japan from 1603 to 1867: Peasants, Merchants, Warriors (3)

Class Number: 2297

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 10 – Aug 8, 2022: Tue, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 11, 2022
    Thu, 3:30–6:30 p.m.



Examines aspects of the political, economic, social, cultural life during the Tokugawa/Edo period or what has been termed early modern Japan. Breadth-Humanities.


This course examines political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental developments during the Tokugawa/Edo period or what has been termed early modern Japan.  

Often equated with “traditional” Japan, the period has been represented in a variety of ways: a time when the country was isolated from foreign influences; an era when the arts considered most representative of Japan came into existence; the age of the samurai/warrior and feudal oppression.

Recommended: While it is not a prerequisite for this course, students who have taken a course on Japan prior to this one will be at an advantage. 


  • Tutorial work: Using Perusall and collaboratively commenting on the readings 25%
  • Tutorial work: Presentation 5%
  • Tutorial work: weekly group discussion 15%
  • Mini-quiz on pre-Tokugawa periods 5%
  • Essay project 25%
  • Final examination 25%


Virtual Office Hours: email instructor to schedule a Zoom/BlackBoard meeting



TOTMAN, Conrad. Early Modern Japan.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

Available through SFU Library as an online source

or as a Kindle ebook through

Tutorial readings (available through CANVAS/Perusall)

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