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Asian Wars

This course examines the history of World War II in Asia and the conflicts and other problems it left in its wake. It examines roughly two decades of the history of all of East and South East Asia to understand the reasons why the war played out as it did and why the outcome manifested itself in the ways that it did. The course will introduce students to the major secondary works on the war in the theatre available in English as well as the major archival collections in London and published documents collections. The overall goal is to understand specifically the relationship between the experience of World War II and the postwar conflicts on their own terms instead of through the Cold War filter as historiography between the 1950s and the 1990s has tended to do until more recent revisionist historiography after the end of the Cold War.

Asian Wars Syllabus 2016-17