Ruptured Histories War, Memory, and the Post-Cold War in Asia

ISBN-10: 0674024710
ISBN-13: 9780674024717
Edition: 2007
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Description: What has the end of the Cold War meant for East Asia, and for how its people understand their recent history? These thought-provoking essays explore a vigorously contested area in public culture, the wars of the modern era. All the major East  More...

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List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 358
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

What has the end of the Cold War meant for East Asia, and for how its people understand their recent history? These thought-provoking essays explore a vigorously contested area in public culture, the wars of the modern era. All the major East Asian states have undergone a profound reassessment of their experiences from World War II to Vietnam. New and at times aggressive forms of nationalism in Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, and Taiwan have affected American security policy in the Pacific and posed a challenge to the post-communist world order. Japan has met fervent opposition to its premiers' visits to the Yasukuni shrine honoring the wartime dead. China has reclaimed a forgotten war history, such as the positive contributions of Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists. South Korea has embraced an interpretation of the Korean War that is hostile to the United States and sympathetic to its North Korean adversaries. This volume not only illuminates regional and global changes in East Asia today, but also underscores the need for rethinking the Cold War language that continues to inform U.S.-East Asian relations.

Sheila Miyoshi Jager is ?Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Oberlin College.

Rana Mitter is ?University Lecturer in Modern Chinese History and Politics, University of Oxford.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Reenvisioning Asia, Past and Present Sheila Miyoshi Jager
Relocating War Memory at Century's End: Japan's Postwar Responsibility and Global Public Culture Franziska Seraphim
Operations of Memory: "Comfort Women" and the World Carol Gluck
Living Soldiers, Re-lived Memories? Japanese Veterans and Postwar Testimony of War Atrocities Daqing Yang
Kamikaze Today: The Search for National Heroes in Contemporary Japan Yoshikuni Igarashi
Lost Men and War Criminals: Public Intellectuals at Yasukuni Shrine Ann Sherif
The Execution of Tosaka Jun and Other Tales: Historical Amnesia, Memory, and the Question of Japan's "Postwar"
China's "Good War": Voices, Locations, and Generations in the Interpretation of the War of Resistance to Japan Rana Mitter
Remembering the Century of Humiliation: The Yuanming Gardens and Dagu Forts Museums
Frontiers of Memory: Conflict, Imperialism, and Official Histories in the Formation of Post-Cold War Taiwan Identity
The Korean War after the Cold War: Commemorating the Armistice Agreement in South Korea Sheila Miyoshi
The Korean War: What Is It that We Are Remembering to Forget? Bruce Cumings
Doubly Forgotten: Korea's Vietnam War and the Revival of Memory
Revolution, War, and Memory in Contemporary Viet Nam: An Assessment and Agenda Christoph Giebel Epilogue: New Global Conflict? War, Memory, and Post-9/11 Asia Sheila Miyoshi Jager
Notes
Contributors
Index

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