The Second World War in Asia
World War II transformed Asia politically, socially and economically. This course explores the military, political, social and cultural dimensions of the war in China, the Russian Far East, Japan, Korea, South-east Asia and India. Topics and themes include: the Asian pre-war colonial context, Japanese war aims, collaboration and resistance, the Asian home fronts, the debate on will vs. resources in military planning, war crimes and war trials, strategic bombing and nuclear weapons, occupation, civil and anti-colonial wars, and the origins of the Cold War in Asia.
- 36 lecture hours/term