Tag Archives: modern history

Resource: Denshō

How do we preserve peoples’ experiences and stories while placing them in historical context? How can these narratives help us to promote equity and justice? These are some of the driving questions behind Densho, a nonprofit organization begun in 1996 … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan’s Imperial House in the Postwar Era, 1945-2019

Japan’s Imperial House in the Postwar Era, 1945–2019 Kenneth J. Ruoff With the ascension of a new emperor and the dawn of the Reiwa Era, Kenneth J. Ruoff has expanded upon and updated The People’s Emperor, his study of the monarchy’s role as … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Defamiliarizing Japan’s Asia-Pacific War

DEFAMILIARIZING JAPAN’S ASIA-PACIFIC WAR Edited by W. Puck Brecher and Michael W. Myers This wide-ranging collection seeks to reassess conventional understanding of Japan’s Asia-Pacific War by defamiliarizing and expanding the rhetorical narrative. Its nine chapters, diverse in theme and method, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Law, Transnational Nazism: Ideology and Culture in German-Japanese Relations, 1919–1936

Transnational Nazism: Ideology and Culture in German-Japanese Relations, 1919–1936 Ricky W. Law Book website: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/transnational-nazism/3A72AC2415A209D3ACF3C934A1740DD5 In 1936, Nazi Germany and militarist Japan built a partnership which culminated in the Tokyo-Berlin Axis. This study of interwar German-Japanese relations is the first to … Continue reading

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Call for Applicants: PhD Studentship in Modern Japanese History

The Department of History at the University of York is delighted to invite applications for a three-year PhD studentship to work on the history of Japan as a major producer of the natural insecticide, pyrethrum. This studentship forms part of … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War

American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War by Duncan Ryūken Williams http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674986534&content=reviews This groundbreaking history tells the little-known story of how, in one of our country’s darkest hours, Japanese Americans fought to defend their … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Christianity and the Modern Woman in East Asia

Christianity and the Modern Woman in East Asia  Editor: Garrett L. Washington This edited volume explores the complex roles that Christian ideas and institutions played in the construction of modern womanhood in East Asia. While contributing to gender dynamics that … Continue reading

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Resource: Japanese Censorship Collection

Modern Japan enthusiasts will be excited by this relatively recent addition to the digitized collections of the Library of Congress. In collaboration with Japan’s National Diet Library, the Library of Congress has made available a digitized collection of Japanese censored … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Early Sound & Video Footage of Japan

This week is a quick Fun Link Friday, as I don’t have much info on the origins of these audiovisual materials. These videos have been making their rounds lately, and so far as I can tell people have taken them … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan at the Crossroads

Japan at the Crossroads: Conflict and Compromise after Anpo Nick Kapur —- In spring of 1960, Japan’s government passed Anpo, a revision of the postwar treaty that allows the United States to maintain a military presence in Japan. This move … Continue reading

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