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HIST7004: Dartmouth Course: American Occupation of Japan after World War II

Professor Steven Ericson

The postwar U. S. occupation of Japan has generated intense scholarly interest and debate. The debate has centred on the effects of the American-directed reform program and the so-called "reverse course" in Occupation policy. Just how significant was the Occupation for the postwar development of Japan? Did the Occupation cause a sharp break in modern Japanese history; or, for the most part, did it simply reinforce trends that were already underway? To what extent did the United States remake Japan in its own image? Finally, how successful was the Occupation in terms of its objectives, and to what extent did those objectives change over the course of the Occupation?

Assessment method

HIST7004A: 2 X 2,500 word essays

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