Teacher guide Asia rising: Japanese postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05

TLF ID M006704

This is a collection of online materials about how the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 was represented in the picture postcards produced by Japanese photographers, artists, illustrators and propagandists in huge numbers throughout the war. The materials consist of: an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; eight sets of postcards illustrating various aspects of the war; a database of information about all 1,097 images related to the war; and five sets of lesson suggestions.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This collection of materials, rich in primary and secondary sources, is valuable for years 11 and 12 modern history and for year 9 history, especially for the elective depth study of Asia and the world.
  • The twin highlights of this collection are the illustrated essay and the sets of postcards presented as visual narratives. Both of these are available as separate resources complete with detailed descriptions of their educational value. In general, the essay offers an example of historical interpretation supported by visual evidence and the visual narratives are particularly useful for developing student understanding of the historical concept of perspective.
  • The lesson suggestions (see Curriculum in the dropdown menu under Asia rising) focus on the historical values of the picture postcards in this and another collection, and their interpretation from a visual literacy viewpoint. The suggestions are suitable for mid- to senior secondary students. Each suggestion is accompanied by handouts or PowerPoint templates and there is a teachers' overview.
Year level

9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • History

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Person: John W. Dower
  • Description: Author
  • Publisher
  • Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
  • URL: http://web.mit.edu/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology © 2008 Visualizing Cultures. Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0.