Monthly Archives: September 2012

Japan-Sweden Exhibit

So what should your exhibition consist of?

It’s supposed to be a virtual museum exhibit, so this means a visual and textual presentation. Each person should “split” an artifact.

1. Title. (5%)

2. Historical background, in brief! Sweden and Japan. Where does this come from? What is the context? (15%)

3. Your cultural artifact (practice) Sweden and Japan, present it in some detail) (20%)

4. Analysis. It should be clear, what is your thesis? (30%)

5. Conclusions? (30%)

It could be reduced to a solid page of text for each person as preparation notes. THEN you need to translate this into a Preszi. For now, don’t Prezi-ize it. I want to see your rough draft with some good research and evidence Tuesday’s class.

New Due Date: Wednesday, October 10, Week 41

 

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Read section from Det Rena Landet

Look over (just surveying) the other sections.

We’ll discuss this tomorrow in class! /JDC

Reading for Tuesday

I’ve found a good basic text on Japanese cultural history and practices. It’s from Japan, A Modern History by James McClain. I’m going to photocopy it and put it in your class boxes this afternoon. I’d like you to read it up to page 93, ending your reading at the section Genders and Realities for Tuesday’s class.

p.s.

Inventing Japan, Buruma

-Middle Class

-Rapid Change

Japan and Sweden

After a brief survey of the material, I’ve come up with some findings. Some of the shared cultural values seem to be:

  • “Purity” in all its forms
  • A closeness and reverence for nature
  • Group dependence, orientation
  • The idea of “losing face”
  • Age and stage reverence

Have I missed any obvious ones? We’ll discuss our plans tomorrow.

Cliometrics

Generalthoughtsandreactions:

-­-Science or art

-­–­–­–­–­-
Math vs history
Cycles
à.predict
Morethan
stats.
“Complex games”
Narrow line of inquiry
HistoricalMethods(traditional)

 Analysis and Interpretation at all stages!!!

1.
Question
to answer
2.
Research
a.
Secondarysources-­-records
b.
Primarysources–evidenceinterviews
etc.

3.
Putthe
puzzle
together
4.
Publish!
How History is done

1.
Topic/Subject–“Significant
Question”Thesis an
answer
to
a significant question

ExFrontierthesis:(FrederickJackson
Turner—the reason America became a democracy(Criticalspeculation)
2.
Criticaltext(s)
–primarysource
3.
Set in tcontext
Conclusions

Watchout  for hoax! Topics:

-­-Empire
-­-Sex
-­-CivilWar
-­-Women
-­-Science
-­-Genocide
-­-Japan/Sweden

Watch this.

Apply the methods we discussed, mix in interpretation and analysis.

Marx

Heinrich von Treitschke

Trevelyan

Toynbee

Foucault

On we go…