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

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Philip West
This original and imaginative book uses the study of twentieth-century Pacific wars to clarify the subtle yet radical changes sweeping through East Asia with the ending of the Cold War. Penned by some of the best known and most respected voices in the field, these essays are a reminder that within ruptured histories, familiar themes endure: expanding American military power in the Asian Pacific; resurgent nationalisms; and the continuing dominance of war memories in cherished national myths.

Philip West, University of Montana


This original and imaginative book uses the study of twentieth-century Pacific wars to clarify the subtle yet radical changes sweeping through East Asia with the ending of the Cold War. Penned by some of the best known and most respected voices in the field, these essays are a reminder that within ruptured histories, familiar themes endure: expanding American military power in the Asian Pacific; resurgent nationalisms; and the continuing dominance of war memories in cherished national myths.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780674024700
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Reenvisioning Asia, Past and Present
Sheila Miyoshi Jager and Rana Mitter

1. Relocating War Memory at Century's End: Japan's Postwar Responsibility and Global Public Culture
Franziska Seraphim

2. Operations of Memory: "Comfort Women" and the World
Carol Gluck

3. Living Soldiers, Re-lived Memories? Japanese Veterans and Postwar Testimony of War Atrocities
Daqing Yang

4. Kamikaze Today: The Search for National Heroes in Contemporary Japan
Yoshikuni Igarashi

5. Lost Men and War Criminals: Public Intellectuals at Yasukuni Shrine
Ann Sherif

6. The Execution of Tosaka Jun and Other Tales: Historical Amnesia, Memory, and the Question of Japan's "Postwar"
Harry D. Harootunian

7. China's "Good War": Voices, Locations, and Generations in the Interpretation of the War of Resistance to Japan
Rana Mitter

8. Remembering the Century of Humiliation: The Yuanming Gardens and Dagu Forts Museums
James L. Hevia

9. Frontiers of Memory: Conflict, Imperialism, and Official Histories in the Formation of Post–Cold War Taiwan Identity
Edward Vickers

10. The Korean War after the Cold War: Commemorating the Armistice Agreement in South Korea
Sheila Miyoshi Jager and Jiyul Kim

11. The Korean War: What Is It that We Are Remembering to Forget?
Bruce Cumings

12. Doubly Forgotten: Korea's Vietnam War and the Revival of Memory
Charles K. Armstrong

13. 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 and Rana Mitter

Notes

Contributors

Index

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