Professor Mark J. Ravina, Ph.D.

Professor Mark J. Ravina
  • Emory University
  • Stanford University
When people ask what I love about Japan, my quick and simple answer is, Japan is the most foreign, the most exotic place you can go with first-world telecommunications, first-world health care, and first-world hygiene, and that’s as true today as it was when I first went to Japan 45 years ago.

Dr. Mark J. Ravina is Professor of History at Emory University, where he has taught since 1991. He received his A.B. from Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has been a visiting professor at Kyoto University’s Institute for Research in Humanities and a research fellow at Keio University and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies. He has also received research grants from the Fulbright Program, the Japan Foundation, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the Association for Asian Studies.

Professor Ravina has published extensively in early modern Japanese history, with a particular focus on the transnational and international aspects of political change. He has also published research on Japanese and Korean popular culture, Japanese economic thought, and the history of science. As a public intellectual, he has appeared on CNN, CNN International, NPR, and The History Channel.

A former director of the East Asian Studies Program at Emory University, Professor Ravina has also served as president of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. In addition, he is on the editorial board of The Journal of Asian Studies. Professor Ravina’s books include The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori and Land and Lordship in Early Modern Japan.

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  1. Understanding Japan: A Cultural History Sale

    Understanding Japan: A Cultural History

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    Japan’s extraordinary 2,000-year-old civilization has grown through periods of engagement and isolation into a society responsible for immeasurable influences on the rest of the world. Discover what makes Japan so distinctive in Understanding Japan: A Cultural History . These 24 fascinating lectures, produced in partnership with the Smithsonian, offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese history, life, art, and...
  2. (Set) Understanding Russia & Understanding Japan Set on sale

    (Set) Understanding Russia & Understanding Japan

    Mark J. Ravina
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    Become intimately familiar with the cultural history of two fascinating regions. Take a comprehensive look at centuries of enduring art, literature, and more with Understanding Russia: A Cultural History. Then, take an unforgettable tour of an extraordinary country with Understanding Japan: A Cultural History.
  3. (Set) Understanding Japan & The Decisive Battles of World History Set

    (Set) Understanding Japan & The Decisive Battles of World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Delve into the history of military encounters that changed the world and helped shape Japan as a modern-day global force in this two-course set. In The Decisive Battles of World History, trace the critical pivot points history has taken and then take a deeper dive with Understanding Japan: A Cultural History - it is an enthralling look at this isolated nation and the struggles, battles, and development it faced.
  4. (Set) A History of British India & Understanding Japan Set

    (Set) A History of British India & Understanding Japan

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Travel around the world and through time to look at the rise of two of the greatest nations in the world. Start by discovering a transformative and world-changing legacy with A History of British India. Then, take unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture with Understanding Japan: A Cultural History.
  5. (Set) Understanding Japan & Foundations of Eastern Civilization Set

    (Set) Understanding Japan & Foundations of Eastern Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    This two-course set provides unprecedented insight into the development of many Eastern cultures. Foundations of Eastern Civilization takes you on a grand journey to explore the accomplishments of the East, from the economies to the religious philosophies that bind these cultures together. Then take a deeper dive in Understanding Japan: A Cultural History, with a magical tour of a fascinating and complex nation.
  6. (Set) Understanding Japan & Buddhism Set

    (Set) Understanding Japan & Buddhism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Trace the remarkable evolution of Buddhist philosophy as it emigrated from India to China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Western world with this masterful two-course set. Buddhism is your opportunity to follow the history, principles, and evolution of a theology that is both familiar and foreign, while Understanding Japan: A Cultural History provides a deep dive into the Japanese perspective of complex...
  7. (Set) The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age & Understanding Japan Set

    (Set) The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age & Understanding Japan

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Take an nontraditional tour of two fascinating lands. Start by exploring the cultural and scientific advancements from the Islamic region with The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age. Then, look at Japanese art, food, entertainment, and more as it developed and influenced the world in Understanding Japan: A Cultural History.
  8. (Set) Understanding Japan & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition Set

    (Set) Understanding Japan & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    In philosophy we often focus on the Western intellectual tradition and only get half of the story. This two-course set provides the other side of the picture, and the world. Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition is a comprehensive survey of the East's most influential philosophers. Then Understanding Japan: A Cultural History provides a deep dive into the Japanese perspective.
  9. (Set) Turning Points in Middle Eastern History & Understanding Japan Set on sale

    (Set) Turning Points in Middle Eastern History & Understanding Japan

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $378.00 Starting at $106.90 $654.90 $106.90$654.90
    Two of the most important regions to the U.S. include the Middle East and Japan. Learn more about these vital areas with this two-course set that provides deep insights into the culture and history of both places. Start with Turning Points in Middle Eastern History, and then travel to the other side of the world with Understanding Japan: A Cultural History.
  10. (Set) Anthropology and the Study of Humanity & Understanding Japan Set

    (Set) Anthropology and the Study of Humanity & Understanding Japan

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Biology, archaeology, language, and culture—gain insight into these subjects with this set of two courses. Discover the transformative power of anthropology with Anthropology and the Study of Humanity. Then, join the Smithsonian to take an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture with Understanding Japan: A Cultural History.
  11. (Set) Understanding Japan & Fall and Rise of China Set

    (Set) Understanding Japan & Fall and Rise of China

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    China and Japan have undergone astonishing transformations in recent history. Follow the remarkable transformation of each nation, as they became imposing global forces with this two-course set. In The Fall and Rise of China, you’ll track the world-changing development of China while Understanding Japan: A Cultural History provides you with an enthralling look at this isolated nation and its growth in the world...
  12. (Set) A History Of India & Understanding Japan Set

    (Set) A History Of India & Understanding Japan

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Travel across the East with this amazing two-course set. First, dive into the fascinating and grand past of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and explore the rich tapestry of peoples and nations in A History of India. Then take an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and society in Understanding Japan: A Cultural History.