Japan 1904-1937

Join Dr. Sam Frappell for this 5-hour course on Japan 1904-1937. Explore Japan as an emerging power in the Asia-Pacific, the changing political landscape and challenges to traditional power and authority in the 1920s, the rise of militarism in the 1930s and the movement towards a militarist dictatorship in the 1930s. Along the way, Dr. Sam will show you strategies to integrate the key features into your teaching program.

$360 (+GST)

In this course you will learn

PART 1: Japan as an emerging power

  • Impact of Japanese expansion: Russo-Japanese War, annexation of Korea
  • Status as a great power: 21 Demands, role in World War I
  • Political, social and economic issues in Japan by 1921
  • Integrating key features of imperialism, nationalism, militarism, democracy and tradition and modernisation
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PART 2: Challenges to traditional power and authority in the 1920s

  • The introduction of limited liberal democracy
  • Political influence of the zaibatsu
  • Impact of the Seiyukai and other political parties on Japanese political systems and governments
  • Challenges of the genro, bureaucracy and Army to party politics
  • Aims, strategies and impact of Japanese foreign policy 1918-1930
  • Integrating key features of internationalism, nationalism, militarism, imperialism, democracy and tradition and modernisation into key debates about Japan in the 1920s
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PART 3: Rise of militarism in the 1930s

  • Political and economic impact of the Great Depression
  • Development and impact of modernisation and urbanisation and rising social tensions
  • Role and significance of the army and political divisions within it
  • Hostility towards the zaibatsu and the collapse of party politics
  • Aims, strategies and impact of Japanese foreign policy 1931-1933
  • Integrating key features of internationalism, nationalism, militarism, imperialism, democracy and tradition and modernisation into key debates about the collapse of party politics in Japan

 

PART 4: Towards a militarist dictatorship

  • Differing domestic responses to militarism
  • The role of Emperor Hirohito
  • Aims, strategies and impact of Japanese foreign policy 1933-1937
  • Integrating key features of nationalism, militarism, imperialism, democracy into key debates about Japan in the 1930S

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About Dr. Sam

Dr. Sam Frappell is a senior Modern History teacher with a PhD in History from the University of Sydney. She has written a range of history texts for primary and secondary students, including Civil Rights in the USA (Small Caps, 2022). Her interests include American, Japanese, film, Medieval and Australian history. Sam also leads teacher professional learning tours for Libertas travel and presents courses for Cornerstone on the areas of Civil Rights in the US and Japan.