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.
HIST 1708 - Introduction to Japanese History
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 4758 - The History of Postwar Japan, 1945 to Present
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.