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The Pacific war : aftermaths, remembrance and culture

Author: Christina Twomey; Ernest Koh
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2015.
Series: Routledge studies in the modern history of Asia (2005), 101.
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"The Pacific War is an umbrella term that refers collectively to a disparate set of wars, however, this book presents a strong case for considering this assemblage of conflicts as a collective, singular war. It highlights the genuine thematic commonalities in the legacies of war that cohere across the Asia-Pacific and shows how the wars, both individually and collectively, wrought dramatic change to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Military history
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2014009264
(OCoLC)880541408
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christina Twomey; Ernest Koh
ISBN: 1317807898 9781317807896 9781315815541 1315815540 9781317807889 131780788X 1317807871 9781317807872
OCLC Number: 891853233
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 300 pages .).
Contents: Part I. Remembrance --
Thinking About the Pacific War / Christina Twomey and Ernest Koh --
De-historicising the Second World War : Diaspora, Nation and the overseas Chinese / Ernest Koh --
"A Sideshow to the War in Europe" : Nation, Empire and the British Commemoration of the Pacific War / Janet S.K. Watson --
Contested Memories of the Pacific War in Australia / Paula Hamilton --
The Thai-Burma Railway : Aysmmetrical and Transnational Memories / Joan Beaumont and Andrea Witcomb --
Part II. Aftermaths --
Unfinished business : Legal, Moral and Political Dimensions of the Class "B" and "C" War Crimes Trials in Asia and the Pacific / Robert Cribb --
The Pacific War experience of Dutch Eurasian civilians in Java, 1942-48 / Joost Coté and Natsuko Akagawa --
Coercion and Consent : Being "Indian" in Malaya during the Japanese Occupation / John Solomon --
Revenge Killings in 1945 and their Absence from the Historical Narrative in Singapore / Jason Lim --
Part III. Race, Sex and Culture --
South Seas Lore : Anthropology, Cultural Determinism and the Pacific War / Sean Brawley and Chris Dixon --
Contested Medical Science : Re-examining Japanese Medicine and Filipino Adaptations in the Philippines during the Japanese Occupation Period / Arnel Joven --
The "outrage" in Miri : Sex, race and violence and the Second AIF in Sarawak / Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen --
Mothers Darlings : Secrets and Silences in the Wake of the Pacific War / Judith A. Bennett, Jacqueline Lecki and Angela Wanhalla.
Series Title: Routledge studies in the modern history of Asia (2005), 101.
Responsibility: edited by Christina Twomey and Ernest Koh.

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"The Pacific War is an umbrella term that refers collectively to a disparate set of wars, however, this book presents a strong case for considering this assemblage of conflicts as a collective, singular war. It highlights the genuine thematic commonalities in the legacies of war that cohere across the Asia-Pacific and shows how the wars, both individually and collectively, wrought dramatic change to the geo-political makeup of the region. This book discusses the cultural, political and social implications of the Pacific War and engages with debates over the war's impact, legacies, and continuing cultural resonances. Crucially, it examines the meanings and significance of the Second World War from a truly international perspective and the contributors present fascinating case studies that highlight the myriad of localised idiosyncrasies in how the Pacific War has been remembered and deployed in political contexts. The chapters trace the shared legacy that the individual wars had on demographics, culture and mobility across the Asia Pacific, and demonstrate how in the aftermath of the war political borders were transformed and new nation states emerged. The book also considers racial and sexual tensions which accompanied the arrival of both Allied and Axis personnel and their long lasting consequences, as well as the impact returning veterans and the war crime trials that followed the conflict had on societies in the region. In doing so, it succeeds in illuminating the events and issues that unfolded in the weeks, months, and indeed decades after the war. This interdisciplinary volume examines the aftermaths and legacies of war for individuals, communities, and institutions across South, Southeast, and East Asia, Oceania, and the Pacific world. As such, it will be welcomed by students and scholars of Asian history, modern history and cultural history, as well as by those interested in issues of memory and commemoration"--

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"This book offers a useful collection of essays for scholars and students researching and studying the aftermath and memory of the Second World War in the Asia-Pacific region."KEVIN BLACKBURN, Read more...

 
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