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Kadia, Miriam L. 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 / Spring 2021
    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 1800 - Introduction to Global History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    The first cornerstone course for history majors applies a broad perspective to the global past in order to illuminate how common historical patterns and processes, as well as unique elements, shaped the human experience. Using a thematic approach, all topical variations of this course highlight cross-cultural interactions among societies, and, when relevant, how historical processes that began centuries ago still impact the contemporary world. Topics will vary by section. Department enforced prerequisite: 3 hours of any history coursework.
  • HIST 2728 - Militarism in Japanese History
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020 / Summer 2021
    From the early use of stone and metal in the archaic period through the post-World War II resurgence of nationalism, experiences of war and the development of military ideologies have exerted transformative and far-reaching effects on Japanese history. This course embeds the events, persons, institutions, and philosophies that shaped the course of militarism in Japan within a broader social and geographic context.
  • 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 / Fall 2021
    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 4800 - Special Topics in Global History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Organized around themes that change yearly, this class allows students to study and research processes, phenomena, and events of global significance in historical context. Will stress historical subjects that span multiple geographic regions of the globe. Topics could include the global history of: the arms trade; slavery; health and disease; youth culture; women's rights; genocide, the environment, migration, economic trade, warfare exploration etc... May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • 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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