Summer 2023 - HIST 236 D100

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

Class Number: 3233

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby



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 20% and Weekly group discussion: formulating potential examination questions 20%) 40%
  • Examination 25%
  • Essay Project 25%
  • Mini-quiz 10%


The Department of History respectfully acknowledges the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), Səmyámə (Semiahmoo), and sc̓əwaθən (Tsawwassen) Peoples, on whose ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. We are committed to reconciliation through decolonization and Indigenization.




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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