Fall 2015 - HIST 371 D100

The Asia-Pacific War in Modern Japanese History (4)

Class Number: 5847

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: Thu, 8:30–11:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2015
    Sun, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: at least one course on modern Japan.



Covers the period in Japan from the 1930s to the 1950s and will introduce students to topics such as wartime atrocities, the dropping of the atomic bombs and the prosecution of war criminals. It will also attempt to explain why so much controversy surrounds interpretations of events arising from Japan's last war, the Asia-Pacific War.


This course covers the period in Japan from the 1930s to the 1950s, introducing students to issues of continuing historical and political controversy, such the dropping of the atomic bombs and the Tokyo War Crimes Trial. It thus focuses on the domestic and international impact of the Asia-Pacific War, which officially ended in 1945.
Students are forewarned that this is not a course devoted to specific battles or military strategy.

While it is not a prerequisite for this course, it is recommended that students take the course on Japan prior to this one.


  • Two Page (double-spaced) Review of the film, Gojira/Godzilla 5%
  • One-Two Page (double-spaced) Essay Proposal plus Preliminary Annotated Bibliography 10%
  • Eight-Ten Page (double-spaced) Essay plus Bibliography 30%
  • Tutorial Participation Presentation 5% Participation 20% 25%
  • Final Examination 30%



Andrew Gordon, A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Custom Course Material (E-book format)          
Available at the SFU Bookstore

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