Japan’s Place in History and Today’s World

Dr. Joseph Henning

Topic: Japan’s Place in History and Today’s World
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Place: Irondequoit Country Club: 4045 East Ave. [14618]
Time: 6:00 Cocktails; 7:00 Dinner; 8:00 Speaker Presentation followed by Q and A
Cost: $55 per person, buffet style. Cash Bar
Dinner
: Buffet style – 2 protein options, 1 vegetarian option

***Registration Policy: For reservations, please email WACRContact@gmail.com. Mail your check for the dinner[s] to: WACR, PO Box 25462, Rochester, NY 14625 no later than February 15.

One can trace the history of Japan across thousands of years, from hunters and gatherers to a highly developed country with a vibrant and distinct culture. Rice farming evolved into metal workers and eventually -industrialization. Buddhism was introduced and moral and political principles developed. By the 11th century, the rise of the samurai (military) class had emerged. Feudal lords fought endless wars until the early 17th century when the Tokugawa shogunate was established and brought a peace that lasted till the start of the Meiji period in 1868 when the modernization of Japan began.

With the introduction of Western technology and customs, Japan became a major power in East Asia, which ultimately led to violent acts of aggression during World War II and its military defeat by the United States. With powerful help by the United States at war’s end, Japan revised its constitution and became a parliamentary democracy. Its post-war economic development is often referred to as the “Japanese economic miracle”. Despite its economic power and continuing influence on global affairs, its complex and isolated history have led to a limited understanding of Japan. We welcome Joseph Henning to enlighten us!

Dr. Joseph M Henning is an associate professor and program director in the Department of History at RIT. He studied at Colorado College, Columbia University, American University, and Waseda University in Tokyo, specializing in East Asia. His teaching and research interests focus on the history of U.S. foreign relations and modern Japan. His course topics include contemporary U.S.-Japanese relations, and Japanese fiction and film.

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