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Edo Japan: 1600 to 1868

Tokugawa Japan (also known as the Edo era) lasted from 1600 to 1868.  This unprecedented time of peace and relative prosperity for Japan were the seeds for what Japan became by the end of the nineteenth century—a powerful colonial power and Asia’s first industrial state.  During Tokugawa’s almost three-hundred-year period, Japan’s urban and rural populations were transformed; the art form of woodblock and the Kabuki theater emerged; and a political balancing act, known as the Baku-Han system kept Japan moving forward. As one observer noted, “Tokugawa Japan was pacified, bureaucratized, but not unified.”  This seminar explored Edo Japan’s gender relations, social interactions, religious changes, artistic endeavors, and the Baku-Han system. This hybrid seminar met both in person at Boise State University and online.


Face-to-face meetings at BSU:

  • Monday, January 28, 2019 5:00PM to 8:00PM
  • Monday, February 4, 2019 5:00PM to 8:00PM

Professor Woods provided video lectures for the seminar to view after these meetings.


Professor Shelton Woods


  • Books and materials provided
  • Dinner and parking provided at the two face-to-face meetings
  • $100 stipend for the purchase of additional materials
  • A one-year subscription to Education About Asia

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