Course Description: The samurai warrior is a familiar figure in popular culture and entertainment, both in Japan and in the West, but who were the samurai? The samurai class dominated Japan for centuries and created a distinct society and culture in world history. The course will provide an understanding and appreciation of Japan during the age of samurai rule. The course will focus on the origins of the samurai, samurai ways of warfare, and the impact of the samurai on government, religion, the arts, and popular culture. Finally, the course will examine the influence and legacy of the samurai on modern Japan and their image in the United States.

Instructor: Mark Ericson was born in Japan and has a doctorate in Japanese History. He retired after 37 years as a Department of Defense intelligence officer. Dr. Ericson taught courses focusing on East Asian Civilization for over 40 years, including several for Amelia Lifelong Learning. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Schedule: Eight sessions. Thursdays, Feb.17 through April 7, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Fee: $50

ZOOM Class – The Instructor will send the Zoom invitation prior to each class. Materials: Instructor will provide handouts via email prior to each class.