A Brief History of Japan in the Samurai Era


Alternate Thursdays • 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. • Room 21

June 2, 16, 30 • July 14, 28

The course will be based partly on “Understanding Japan, A Cultural History,” presented by Professor Mark Ravina of Emory University. Each lecture will be followed by a short presentation on a historical figure from the period discussed, based mainly on information from “The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan” by Ivan Morris. The periods covered will be the Kamakura Period, the Muromachi Period, the Sengoku Period and the Edo Period. The last lecture will be on Bushido, the “warriors’ code.”

Instructor/Coordinator: Leland Akasaki