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HIS590: Dissent in Contemporary East Asia

What is the role of dissent in contemporary Chinese, Japanese and Korean societies? Whose voices are left out of official state narratives in the 20th century?

What is the role of dissent in contemporary Chinese, Japanese and Korean societies? Whose voices are left out of official state narratives in the 20th century? Topics for discussion include nationalism, protest, democracy, authoritarianism, capitalism, industrialization, neoliberalism and limits of the archive. With an emphasis on independent research, by the end of the course, students will identify and critique controversial issues in the history of contemporary East Asia and develop methodological approaches to the study of dissent. Open to seniors.