This course focuses on key historical and cultural similarities and differences between Korea and Japan in the centuries leading up to Japan's rush towards Westernization/modernization in the late 19th century. You will examine topics including Korea's role in the transmission of Chinese culture to Japan; diplomacy between Korea and Japan; the effects of the Japanese invasions of Korea in the late 16th century; attitudes towards Manchu Qing (1644-1911) China after the fall of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644); and similarities and differences in evolving ideas of civilization in relation to China in the lead up to Japan's colonization of Korea (1910-1945).
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