Visualizing Japan (1850s-1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity
This course is taught by MIT, Harvard, and Duke historians, and was developed in a first-time collaboration between HarvardX and MITx. Japanese history is seen in a new way through the images made by those who were there. You will examine the skills and questions in reading history through archival images now in the digital realm.
The course looks at the methodologies historians use to “visualize” the past, the themes of Westernization, in Commodore Perry’s 1853-54 expedition to Japan; social protest, in Tokyo’s 1905 Hibiya Riot; and modernity, as seen in the archives of the major Japanese cosmetics company, Shiseido.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
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Course delivery details
This course is offered through Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a partner institute of EdX.
3-5 hours per week
- Verified Track -$49
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Methodologies to "visualize" Japanese history between the 1850s and 1930s
- An understanding of Westernization, social protest, modernity in Japanese history through digital imagery
- Strategies for learning--and teaching--history through visual sources
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