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The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

by Jeremy A. Yellen Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

In The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, Jeremy Yellen exposes the history, politics, and intrigue that characterized the era when Japan's "total empire" met the total war of World War II. He illuminates...


Beyond the Asylum

by Claire E. Edington Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

Claire Edington's fascinating look at psychiatric care in French colonial Vietnam challenges our notion of the colonial asylum as a closed setting, run by experts with unchallenged authority, from which patients...


Statebuilding by Imposition

by Reo Matsuzaki Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

How do modern states emerge from the turmoil of undergoverned spaces? This is the question Reo Matsuzaki ponders in Statebuilding by Imposition. Comparing Taiwan and the Philippines under the colonial rule of...


Nation-Empire

by Sayaka Chatani Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

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...


The Battle for Fortune

by Charlene Makley Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

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....


Promiscuous Media

by Hikari Hori Cornell University Press (January 15, 2018)

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...


Resurrecting Nagasaki

by Chad R. Diehl Cornell University Press (March 15, 2018)

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...


Samurai to Soldier

by D. Colin Jaundrill Cornell University Press (July 09, 2016)

In Samurai to Soldier, D. Colin Jaundrill rewrites the military history of nineteenth-century Japan. In fifty years spanning the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate and the rise of the Meiji nation-state, conscripts...


Accidental Activists

by Celeste L. Arrington Cornell University Press (March 01, 2016)

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...


Casualties of History

by Lee K. Pennington Cornell University Press (March 24, 2015)

Thousands of wounded servicemen returned to Japan following the escalation of Japanese military aggression in China in July 1937. Tens of thousands would return home after Japan widened its war effort in 1939....


The Fascist Effect

by Reto Hofmann Cornell University Press (July 09, 2015)

During the interwar period, Japanese intellectuals, writers, activists, and politicians, although conscious of the many points of intersection between their politics and those of Mussolini, were ambivalent about...


Taming Tibet

by Emily Yeh Cornell University Press

The violent protests in Lhasa in 2008 against Chinese rule were met by disbelief and anger on the part of Chinese citizens and state authorities, perplexed by Tibetans’ apparent ingratitude for the generous...


Empire of Dogs

by Aaron Skabelund Cornell University Press

In 1924, Professor Ueno Eizaburo of Tokyo Imperial University adopted an Akita puppy he named Hachiko. Each evening Hachiko greeted Ueno on his return to Shibuya Station. In May 1925 Ueno died while giving a...


Imperial Japan at Its Zenith

by Kenneth J. Ruoff Cornell University Press (September 09, 2014)

In 1940, Japan was into its third year of war with China, and relations with the United States were deteriorating, but it was a heady time for the Japanese nonetheless. That year, the Japanese commemorated...


Planning for Empire

by Janis Mimura Cornell University Press (February 03, 2011)

Japan's invasion of Manchuria in September of 1931 initiated a new phase of brutal occupation and warfare in Asia and the Pacific. It forwarded the project of remaking the Japanese state along technocratic and...


Imperial Eclipse

by Yukiko Koshiro Cornell University Press

The "Pacific War" narrative of Japan's defeat that was established after 1945 started with the attack on Pearl Harbor, detailed the U.S. island-hopping campaigns across the Western Pacific, and culminated in...


Tyranny of the Weak

by Charles K. Armstrong Cornell University Press (June 18, 2013)

To much of the world, North Korea is an impenetrable mystery, its inner workings unknown and its actions toward the outside unpredictable and frequently provocative. Tyranny of the Weak reveals for the first...


The North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950

by Charles K. Armstrong Cornell University Press (May 15, 2013)

North Korea, despite a shattered economy and a populace suffering from widespread hunger, has outlived repeated forecasts of its imminent demise. Charles K. Armstrong contends that a major source of North Korea's...