This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Commodore Perry’s visit to Japan in 1853 awakened a still feudal society. The Japanese realized the urgent need to quickly close the ~500 year gap between their archaic social order and the cutting-edge achievements of the
industrious Western Empires. They foresaw comparisons between the British island Empire, over which the sun never set and their envisioned future Island
Empire, over which the sun would rise. Japan had accomplished remarkable transitional advancements of its society, industry, and military, realizing the stature of a world power and striving to dominate the Pacific. These ambitions
would inevitably lead to war with the United States.
Note: This PERK is part 1 of a two-part perk series. See OSHR #3036 100 below to register for part 2.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Dr. Isaac Eliachar
Dr. Isaac Eliachar is a retired physician who headed the laryngotracheal reconstruction section at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Since his retirement, he has actively pursued his interests in World War II and post-war history, teaching history courses at the Palm Springs Air Museum and for the Osher Institute at Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus.