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NCTA Online Seminar: China and Japan Between 1912 and 1939

The years between 1912 and 1939 were momentous for Japan and China. In 1912, the Meiji emperor passed from the scene, and Japan faced an uncertain future with a much weaker emperor at the helm. In China, 1912 saw the end of two-thousand years of imperial rule.  China was at a crossroads.  During the next three decades both countries took on new challenges as well as shifts in ideologies and eventually war with each other. This course traced the evolution of modern Japan and China during these crucial years.

Teachers joined Dr. Shelton Woods from Boise State University for an online seminar to explore this uniquely interesting and consequential period of history.

Here are the titles of the lectures:

  1. Japan in 1912
  2. Taisho Japan to 1923
  3. Japan in the 1920s, Part One
  4. Japan in the 1920s, Part Two
  5. Emperor Hirohito and Manchuria
  6. The Creation of Manchukuo
  7. Japan to 1937
  8. Themes in China’s Imperial Period
  9. The End of Qing China
  10. The Warlord Era: A Case Study of Zhu De
  11. China’s New Cultural Movement, Part One
  12. China’s New Cultural Movement, Part Two
  13. Mao and the Long March
  14. Japan and China at War
  15. A Course Overview of Japan and China


Participants were expected to watch three online lectures each week at their convenience beginning January 23 through February 27, 2023. There were also two live online events:

February 13, 2023, 6:00-7:00 pm MT (5:00-6:00 pm PT)

February 27, 2023, 6:00-7:00 pm MT (5:00-6:00 pm PT)

Program Leader

Dr. Shelton Woods will lead this program. Dr. Woods is a Professor of East/Southeast Asian History at Boise State University.

Programs Benefits

  • Numerous books and classroom materials.
  • Access to 15 online lectures.
  • $100 check for additional classroom resources.
  • 20 free WA OSPI clock hours.
  • Two continued professional education credits from Boise State University.

The seminar was offered to K-12 educators free of charge thanks to a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation to the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), and it was sponsored by the University of Washington’s East Asia Resource Center in partnership with Boise State University.