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Kadia, Miriam L. Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Miriam Kingsberg's forthcoming book, 'Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History' (University of California Press, 2013), uses the case of Japan to argue that narcotics served as the basis of an evolving attempt to define political legitimacy in empires and nations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her new research examines the history of anthropology in transwar Japan.


  • history of modern Japan and East Asia


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courses taught

  • HIST 1708 - Introduction to Japanese History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    A broad interdisciplinary survey of the history of Japan from earliest times to the 20th century. Explores the development of political institutions, social structures, cultural and religious life, economic development, and foreign relations in an historical perspective.
  • HIST 4728 - Modern Japanese History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Begins with early modern Japan, proceeds through the era of rapid modernization after the Meiji Restoration in the mid-19th century, and concludes with Japan's gradual descent into prolonged war, first with China and then in the Pacific. Same as HIST 5728.
  • HIST 4758 - The History of Postwar Japan, 1945 to Present
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores political, economic, social and cultural factors in postwar Japan. Although the defeat in 1945 is often seen as zero hour, a moment of near total disjunction, the outlines of postwar Japan emerged during World War II. Beginning with the 1930s, traces growth and development, social change, globalization, the quest for collective identity and other themes in the evolving Japanese nation-state.
  • HIST 6800 - Readings in Global History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores various topics, regions, and methods in history and historical writing by utilizing a global/thematic approach. Geared toward graduate students in History, but students from other disciplines with graduate standing may enroll with instructor consent. Topic and content of course will vary depending on instructor. May be repeated up 12 total credit hours.


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