Fall 2018 - HIST 371 D100

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

Class Number: 5062

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5025, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2018
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Janice Matsumura
    1 778 782-5814
    Office: AQ 6008
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six 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.

Prerequisites:   While the formal prerequisites for this course are 45 units including nine until of lower-division history, students with 45 units and six units of lower-division history are welcome to register as well.  Please contact the instructor for more information.


  • Two Page (double-spaced) Review of the film, Gojira/Godzilla 5%
  • One-Two Page (double-spaced) Essay Proposal 10%
  • Ten Page (double-spaced) Essay plus Bibliography 35%
  • Tutorial Participation: Presentation 5%, Participation 18%, Attendance 2 % 25%
  • Final Examination 25%



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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