This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer The Japanese Empire: From Politics to Baseball Himeji Castle and the Transformation of Japan Evening Course Wednesday, February 7, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET Code: 1J0333A Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets $25 Gen. Admission Save when you purchase this program as a part of one of these series! 5 Program Series: The Japanese Empire: From Politics to Baseball Find series tickets Resize text Himeji Castle (Photo: Gary A. Rendsburg) Though it lasted for only 50 years, the Japanese empire forever changed the geopolitical balance in Asia and left a complex legacy that endures to this day. Historian Justin M. Jacobs takes you on a thematic tour of five fascinating topics in the history of the Japanese empire: politics, tourism, baseball, zoos, and video games. He provides a nuanced overview based on the latest scholarship and shares copious slides. Jacobs, a professor of history at American University, is the author of several books, including The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. Session Information Himeji Castle and the Transformation of Japan In just a few decades, Japan went from one of the most isolated states in the world to a modern industrial power eager to expand beyond its traditional borders. Jacobs explores this transformation by taking an extended look at the history of Japan’s feudal castles, with a focus on Himeji Castle and how the political system it embodied unexpectedly helped to facilitate Japan’s rise. Additional Sessions of Japanese Empire Series February 14: Tourism February 21: Baseball February 28: The Tokyo Zoo March 6: Super Mario and Postwar Japan General Information View Common FAQs and Policies about our Online Programs on Zoom.