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In the Ruins of the Japanese EmpireImperial Violence, State Destruction, and the Reordering of Modern East Asia$
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Barak Kushner and Andrew Levidis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528288

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528288.001.0001

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Colonial Legacies, War Memories, and Political Violence in Taiwan, 1945–1947

Colonial Legacies, War Memories, and Political Violence in Taiwan, 1945–1947

(p.76) 3 Colonial Legacies, War Memories, and Political Violence in Taiwan, 1945–1947
In the Ruins of the Japanese Empire

Victor Louzon

Hong Kong University Press

In this chapter Victor Louzon turns our historiographical focus to the violence of decolonization in Taiwan, namely the 1947 uprising known as the February 28 Incident. Louzon details how the revolt broke out, and places the incident in the context of memory wars in Taiwan since. His chapter delves into the politics and geopolitics the incident, highlighting both the KMT brutal suppression of the revolt, and the experience of Taiwanese at the center of the revolt, many of whom had been mobilized by the Japanese army and paramilitary structures. His work redirects our attention to the experience of “remobilized” Taiwanese and the repertoire of actions and symbols invoked from the imperial era which defined the incident. Even more his work suggests new insights into broader transnational questions of the imperial roots of mobilization and militarization in Cold War Asia.

Keywords:   Aftermath of war, Colonialism, Demobilization, Japanese wartime empire, Post-colonialism

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