Imperial Japan and National Identities in Asia, 1895-1945
Edited by Robert Cribb, Narangoa Li
Routledge – 2003 – 384 pages
Between 1895 and 1945, Japan was heavily engaged in other parts of Asia, first in neighbouring Korea and northeast Asia, later in southern China and Southeast Asia. During this period Japanese ideas on the nature of national identities in Asia changed dramatically. At first Japan discounted the significance of nationalism, but in time Japanese authorities came to see Asian nationalisms as potential allies, especially if they could be shaped to follow Japanese patterns. At the same time, the ways in which other Asians thought of Japan also changed. Initially many Asians saw Japan as a useful but distant model, but with the rise of Japanese political power, this distant admiration turned into both cooperation and resistance. This volume includes chapters on India, Tibet, Siberia, Mongolia, Korea, Manchukuo, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Li Narangoa is a Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the Australian National University.
Robert Cribb is a Senior Fellow at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.