HIS 111
Unit 13:  Japan

The Kanji character for Samurai; source is Wikipedia.
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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • Chelsea Alice has a very nicely designed timeline of Japanese history that covers the different chronological periods of the country.
    Listen to some further information about this unit as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.
  • Cynthia Rinehart has created a beautiful online exhibit on Japanese Waka poetry.
  • Check out the web exhibit by Elise Monsen, former student, A Brief History of Japanese Art.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • For up to 25 points of extra credit, in a one-page paper consider a comparison of way of the samurai (see Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure, which is sometimes called the "way of the samurai") with the way of the medieval knight (for example in the Song of Roland).  Please be sure to cite your sources.
  • For up to 25 points of extra credit, read the Shinto Creation Stories and then write a one-page paper in which you compare these stories to other creations epics such as the Popol Vuh or Genesis.  Please be sure to cite your sources.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, read Prince Shotoku, The Japanese Constitution (if the link does not work, I have a *.pdf copy) and write a paragraph in which you comment on some of the aspects of Japanese political thought of the seventh century.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send your instructor the title of the site, the URL and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.
Unit Learning Objectives
  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of early Japanese and Korean history and (2) critically evaluate a historical term.

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