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Comparative Histories of Asia seminar at the Institute of Historical Research

Comparative Histories of Asia seminar University of London

    • Society & Culture

Comparative Histories of Asia seminar at the Institute of Historical Research

    The Muses of War: Terror, Anger, and Faith during the Bombing of British and Japanese Cities, 1940-1945

    The Muses of War: Terror, Anger, and Faith during the Bombing of British and Japanese Cities, 1940-1945

    Institute of Historical Research

    The Muses of War: Terror, Anger, and Faith during the Bombing of British and Japanese Cities, 1940-1945

    Chair: Naoko Shimazu
    (Birkbeck)

    Aaron Moore
    (University of Manchester)

    The bombing war was an attack on urban citizens that was largely new to human history, producing many strange effects and experiences. The soldiers’ battlefield was distant, but in an age of ‘total war’ mobilisation the enemy’s targets included the civilian population; in both Japan and Britain, this could be baffling to ordinary people, who were more accustomed to the idea of adult male servicemen facing the threat of death in some far-flung ‘no man’s land’. This lecture will aim to compare the civilian narratives of urban residents in Britain and Japan, with a special focus on regional cities including Coventry, Aomori, Hull, Kōfu, Bristol, and Nagoya, as well as ‘second cities’ such as Osaka and Manchester. Because national governments were committed to defending their capitals, regional cities were sometimes more thoroughly subjected to enemy bombardment. For vulnerable urban residents, even though they understood the cause of their suffering to be the enemy’s modern military technology, the sudden descent of fire from the skies inspired superstitious, religious, and magical views in personal documents. The conflation of aerial bombardment with emotional responses and supernatural beliefs across both Britain and Japan suggests that their urban residents were similarly unready for the transformation of the home front into the battlefront, drawing from a variety of discourses in order to make sense of this new kind of warfare.

    A joint session with the Rethinking Modern Europe and Comparative Histories of Asia seminar series.

    • 49 min
    War, the state, and the formation of the North Korean industrial working class, 1931-1960

    War, the state, and the formation of the North Korean industrial working class, 1931-1960

    Institute of Historical Research

    War, the state, and the formation of the North Korean industrial working class, 1931-1960

    Dr Owen Miller
    (SOAS)

    Comparative Histories of Asia seminar series

    • 54 min
    No Country for Old Crocodiles: Fraudulent Paperworks, the Commodity Fetish, and Political Ecology in Colonial Burma

    No Country for Old Crocodiles: Fraudulent Paperworks, the Commodity Fetish, and Political Ecology in Colonial Burma

    Institute of Historical Research

    No Country for Old Crocodiles: Fraudulent Paperworks, the Commodity Fetish, and Political Ecology in Colonial Burma

    Dr Jonathan Saha
    (University of Leeds)

    Comparative Histories of Asia seminar series

    • 39 min
    Forging India's Democratic Citizenship: The Preparation of the First Elections 1947-1952

    Forging India's Democratic Citizenship: The Preparation of the First Elections 1947-1952

    Institute of Historical Research

    Forging India's Democratic Citizenship: The Preparation of the First Elections 1947-1952

    Dr Steven Ericson
    (Dartmouth College)

    Comparative Histories of Asia seminar series

    • 54 min
    'Islands in Asian History': an opening roundtable event

    'Islands in Asian History': an opening roundtable event

    Institute of Historical Research

    'Islands in Asian History': an opening roundtable event

    The Dilemmas of Islanding: Sri Lanka in the Early Modern Period
    Dr Zoltan Biedermann | UCL

    Commodity and Sovereignty Production in the North Pacific: The Marcus Island Incident of 1902
    Dr Paul Kreitman | IHR

    Islands, Ports, and Maritime Networks in Nineteenth Century
    Dr Jeppe Mulich | LSE

    Heligoland: Notes on a (Very) Small Island
    Dr Jan Rueger | Birkbeck

    Comparative Histories of Asian seminar series

    The Ecology of War in China: Henan Province, the Yellow River, and Beyond

    The Ecology of War in China: Henan Province, the Yellow River, and Beyond

    Institute of Historical Research

    The Ecology of War in China: Henan Province, the Yellow River, and Beyond

    Dr Micah Muscolino
    (University of Oxford)

    Comparative Histories of Asia seminar series

    • 47 min

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