Japan’s Occupation of Java in the Second World War
Japan’s Occupation of Java in the Second World War draws upon written and oral Japanese, Indonesian, Dutch and English-language sources to narrate the Japanese occupation of Java as a transnational intersection between two complex Asian societies, placing this narrative in a larger wartime context of domestic, regional, and global crisis. It is structured around a diverse group of Japanese and Indonesians captivated by the wartime vision of a ‘Greater Asia.’
Japan’s occupation of Java is here revealed in a radically new and nuanced light, not only as a confrontation between Japanese imperialism and Indonesian nationalism but also as an ambiguous and productive intersection between them–an encounter revolutionary in the degree of mutual interests that drew the two sides together, fascinating and tragic in its evolution, and profound in the legacies left behind.
More than two decades in the making and breaking new ground interpretatively, thematically and narratively, this monumental study is of vital significance for students and scholars of modern Asian and global history.