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History of Japan

To understand contemporary Japan, we need to first go back in time. Register for this world history course to learn the historical development of Japan, including its interactions with other nations, its culture, politics, religious implications, and more.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. No middle school students please.

Suggested credit: One full semester World History


“The History of Japan” will trace the development of the Japanese nation and culture from remote antiquity to the modern age. Students will learn about the cultural and political development of the Japanese nation, as well as notable persons, battles, and events that were instrumental to the formation of Japan.

Special Notes: All course materials provided free by the instructor.


Week 1: Ancient Japan
Week 2: The Asuka Period
Week 3: The Nara Period
Week 4: The Heian Period
Week 5: The Kamakura Period
Week 6: The Muromachi Period
Week 7: Nobunaga & Hideyoshi
Week 8: The Age of Edo
Week 9: The Meiji Restoration
Week 10: The Taisho Period
Week 11: The Showa Period
Week 12: Heisei & Reiwa

Materials and Homework

Course materials: All course materials provided free by the instructor as PDF files via Moodle.

Homework: Homework will consist of weekly readings and auto-graded quizzes available on Moodle. Estimated time outside class each week is 1.5 hours.

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