Twomey, Christina.

The Pacific War : Aftermaths, Remembrance and Culture - Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014. - 1 online resource (321 p.) - eBooks on Demand Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia . - Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia .

Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of figures; List of tables; Notes on contributors; Part I Remembrance; 1 Thinking about the Pacific War; 2 De-historicising the Second World War: diaspora, nation, and the overseas Chinese; 3 'A sideshow to the War in Europe': nation, empire, and the British commemoration of the Pacific War; 4 Contested memories of the Pacific War in Australia; 5 The Thai-Burma railway: aysmmetrical and transnational memories; PART II Aftermaths 6 How finished business became unfinished: legal, moral and political dimensions of the Class 'B' and 'C' war crimes trials in Asia and the Pacific7 The Pacific War experience of Dutch Eurasian civilians in Java, 1942-48; 8 Coercion and consent: being 'Indian' in Malaya during the Japanese occupation; 9 Revenge killings in 1945 and their absence from the historical narrative in Singapore; Part III Race, sex and culture; 10 South Seas Lore: anthropology, cultural determinism and the Pacific War 11 Contested medical science: re-examining Japanese medicine and Filipino adaptations in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation period12 'The outrage in Miri': sex, race and violence and the second AIF in Sarawak; 13 Mothers' darlings: secrets and silences in the wake of the Pacific War; 14 Eliminate the 'females': the New Guinea affair and medical approaches to homosexuality in the Australian army in the Second World War; Part IV Veterans in the post-war world; 15 War memoirs from the shadows: contested war experience narratives in an occupation era Japanese veterans' group 16 The endless search for dead men: Funasaka Hiroshi and fallen soldiers in post-war Japan17 POWs of the Japanese in Australia, 1945-60: testimony, truth and compensation; Index

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.

9781317807896 232.50 (NL),193.75 (3U)


Collective memory -- Pacific Area -- History -- 20th century.
Geopolitics -- Pacific Area -- History -- 20th century.
HISTORY / Asia / General.
HISTORY / General.
HISTORY / Military / Other.
Pacific Area -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Pacific Area -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 -- Influence.
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945.
War and society -- Pacific Area -- History -- 20th century.
War memorials -- Pacific Area -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Influence.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Pacific Area.


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