HIST 249

Political and Cultural History of the Kansai Region

This course examines the role of the Kansai region (the region around the cities of Nara, Kyoto and Osaka) in Japanese history, with particular attention to the Asuka/Nara and Heian Periods when Kyoto was Japan's undisputed political and cultural center. Field trips to important Kansai sites from virtually all periods of Japanese history provide a framework for a course that blends the political and cultural development of Japan's historical "heartland."