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In the Ruins of the Japanese Empire – Imperial Violence, State Destruction, and the Reordering of Modern East Asia - Hong Kong Scholarship Online
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In the Ruins of the Japanese Empire: Imperial Violence, State Destruction, and the Reordering of Modern East Asia

Barak Kushner and Andrew Levidis


The destruction of Japan’s empire in August 1945 under the military onslaught of the Allied Powers produced a powerful rupture in the histories of modern East Asia. Everywhere imperial ruins from Manchuria to Taiwan bore memoires of a great run of upheavals and wars which in turn produced revolutionary uprisings and civil wars from China to Korea. The end of global Second World War did not bring peace and stability to East Asia. Power did not simply change hands swiftly and smoothly. Rather the disintegration of Japan’s imperium inaugurated a era of unprecedented bloodletting, state destructio ... More

Keywords: Empire, Modern imperial ideologies, Japanese wartime empire, East Asia, Global History, Decolonization, Deimperialization, Cold War, Transwar history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9789888528288
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barak Kushner, editor
Cambridge University

Andrew Levidis, editor
University of Central Lancashire

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