“A Drunken Charade?”: Finding East Asian Justice in Imperial Decline and Colonial Defeat

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: SCAS, Thunbergssalen Linneanum, Thunbergsvägen 2, Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Barak Kushner, Fellow, SCAS. Professor of East Asian History, University of Cambridge.
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Stina Grånäs
  • Phone: 018-55 70 85
  • Seminarium

Why did the parallel pursuit of war crimes following the Second World War in Europe and East Asia produce virtually the opposite results? This talk will illuminate the history of war crimes trials in the Far East and explain why seventy-five years after the war the facts are still in dispute. Because these disagreements about justice continue to feed political friction in the region even today the issue bleeds into the arena of power and politics. Kushner will discuss the lived legacy of the trials and how the memory of the events, combined with a renewed effort to build political legitimacy on the backs of the trial judgements, left deep fissures in Sino-Japanese relations.

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