Teacher guide Throwing off Asia III: woodblock prints of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05 - essay by John Dower

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This is a historical essay by Professor John Dower about how Japanese woodblock printmakers presented the war between Japan and Russia in 1904-05 to the Japanese public. The highly readable and richly illustrated essay contains five chapters, more than 30 prints and two maps. The chapters can be printed and the images enlarged for close examination. There is also a link to a discussion of a rival medium - the picture postcards that also represented the Russo-Japanese War.

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Educational value
  • This resource features the most extensive range of Meiji woodblock prints presently available depicting the Russo-Japanese war. They are significant sources for modern history in years 11 and 12 in relation to the emergence of modern Japan, and for history in year 9 in relation to the elective depth study of Asia and the world. The prints are also useful for studies of the decline of Japanese woodblock printmaking.
  • The text of the essay by John Dower, Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offers a detailed historical and cultural 'reading' of the prints. He compares and contrasts the prints to those produced in the Sino-Japanese war. As part of his analysis, Dower highlights five topics: spoils of war; old media, new enemy; new heroes in old poses; shared identies; and Asia's new overlord.
Year level

9; 10; 11; 12

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  • Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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