Inventing the Samurai

Explores the historical origins of the Japanese warrior class as well as its reinvention throughout the archipelago’s history. Special focus on the pre-modern era (200-1600 CE). Highlights key historical contexts including the rise of the imperial court, interactions with the broader world, and the establishment of a warrior-dominated state. Also considers the modern imaginations and uses of the warrior figure.

Related Subjects

Offered Fall 2021

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category

Pre-Modern China

MW 3:30-5, 56-180
Tristan Brown Introductory HASS-H

Modern Japan: 1600 to Present

TR 11-12:30, 2-103
Hiromu Nagahara Introductory HASS-H

Not Offered This Term