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Statebuilding by Imposition
Resistance and Control in Colonial Taiwan and the Philippines
Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies
By the end of World War II, hundreds of thousands of young men in the Japanese colonies, in particular Taiwan and Korea, had expressed their loyalty to the empire by volunteering to join the army. Why and how did so many colonial youth become passionate supporters of Japanese imperial nationalism? And what happened to these youth after the war...
The Battle for Fortune
State-Led Development, Personhood, and Power among Tibetans in China
In a deeply ethnographic appraisal, based on years of in situ research, The Battle for Fortune looks at the rising stakes of Tibetans’ encounters with Chinese state-led development projects in the early 2000s. The book builds upon anthropology’s qualitative approach to personhood, power and space to rethink the premises and consequences of...
Reconstruction and the Formation of Atomic Narratives
In Resurrecting Nagasaki, Chad R. Diehl examines the reconstruction of Nagasaki City after the atomic bombing of August 9, 1945. Diehl illuminates the genesis of narratives surrounding the bombing by following the people and groups who contributed to the city's rise from the ashes and shaped its postwar image in Japan and the world. Municipal...
Film and Visual Culture in Imperial Japan, 1926-1945
In Promiscuous Media, Hikari Hori makes a compelling case that the visual culture of Showa-era Japan articulated urgent issues of modernity rather than serving as a simple expression of nationalism. Hori makes clear that the Japanese cinema of the time was in fact almost wholly built on a foundation of Russian and British film theory as well as...
Samurai to Soldier
Remaking Military Service in Nineteenth-Century Japan
In Samurai to Soldier, D. Colin Jaundrill traces the radical changes to Japanese military institutions, as well as the consequences of military reforms in his accounts of the Boshin War (1868–1869) and the Satsuma Rebellions of 1877. He shows how pre-1868 developments laid the foundations for the army that would secure Japan's Asian...
Victim Movements and Government Accountability in Japan and South Korea
Government wrongdoing or negligence harms people worldwide, but not all victims are equally effective at obtaining redress. In Accidental Activists, Celeste L. Arrington examines the interactive dynamics of the politics of redress to understand why...
The Fascist Effect
Japan and Italy, 1915–1952
Reto Hofmann uncovers the ideological links between the fascist governments and cultures of Japan and Italy, shedding light on the formation of fascism's global...
Casualties of History
Wounded Japanese Servicemen and the Second World War
In Casualties of History, Lee K. Pennington relates for the first time in English the experiences of Japanese wounded soldiers and disabled veterans of Japan's "long" Second World War (from 1937 to...
Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development
Yeh examines how Chinese development projects in Tibet served to consolidate state space and power.