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Understanding Japan: A Cultural History

Embark on an unforgettable tour of Japanese history and culture in this engrossing course made in partnership with the Smithsonian.

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i********t
September 9, 2019
This course is 'the bomb.' The crystal clear graphics, the timeline at the bottom of the screen, the understanding that to have a sense of a country one must have a snippet of the language; the organization of that history into 'internationalist' and isolationist' periods; the switching back and forth between aspects of culture and history-- this is the course I wish I had had as a history undergraduate as an introduction to any country. That said, Prof. Ravina achieves the sort of breathless perfectionism the Japanese aspire to; and somehow the lack of what poets call 'negative space,' that little slip of breathing room, can also become claustrophobic towards the end. That too, is true sense of Japan, and overall I can't rave about it enough.

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June 24, 2019

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June 16, 2019

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