The Dismantling of Japan's Empire in East Asia: Deimperialization, Postwar Legitimation and Imperial Afterlife

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Barak Kushner, Sherzod Muminov
Taylor & Francis, 2016-12-08 - 334 psl.

The end of Japan’s empire appeared to happen very suddenly and cleanly – but, as this book shows, it was in fact very messy, with a long period of establishing or re-establishing the postwar order. Moreover, as the authors argue, empires have afterlives, which, in the case of Japan’s empire, is not much studied. This book considers the details of deimperialization, including the repatriation of Japanese personnel, the redrawing of boundaries, issues to do with prisoners of war and war criminals and new arrangements for democratic political institutions, for media and for the regulation of trade. It also discusses the continuing impact of empire on the countries ruled or occupied by Japan, where, as a result of Japanese management and administration, both formal and informal, patterns of behavior and attitudes were established that continued subsequently. This was true in Japan itself, where returning imperial personnel had to be absorbed and adjustments made to imperial thinking, and in present-day East Asia, where the shadow of Japan’s empire still lingers. This legacy of unresolved issues concerning the correct relationship of Japan, an important, energetic, outgoing nation and a potential regional "hub," with the rest of the region not comfortably settled in this era, remains a fulcrum of regional dispute.


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the unevenness of the end of empire
meaning and significance
SECTION TWO War criminals POWs and the imperial breakdown
SECTION THREE Diplomacy law and the end of empire
SECTION FOUR Media and the imperial aftermath
Comparative epilogue
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Barak Kushner teaches Japanese history at the University of Cambridge and is the author of Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice (winner of the American Historical Association's 2016 John K. Fairbank Prize).

Sherzod Muminov is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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