'History Wars' and Reconciliation in Japan and Korea: The Roles of Historians, Artists and Activists

Michael Lewis
Springer, 14.11.2016 - 201 Seiten

This book provides a fresh approach to understanding the origins and possible future direction of the Northeast Asia “history wars.” Leading scholars in history, literary studies, and education present the complex issue in a historical context by assessing its political and cultural dimensions, particularly with regards to relations between Japan and Korea. Their essays also touch on the significance of civil society efforts to advance peaceful reconciliation and the social and political forces that have worked to frustrate such efforts since 1945. At its core, this volume explores the political significance in the gap between Korean and Japanese civil society versus governmental efforts to resolve issues lingering from the Pacific War in Asia; the significance of cultural as well as political efforts to understanding historical and contemporary relations among Northeast Asian neighboring states; and specific factors—such as textbook reform, revised school curricula, and civil society education efforts— that are working to ameliorate the heretofore deadlocked “history wars.”


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Introduction History Wars in Postwar East Asia 19452014
Remembering Colonial Korea in Postwar Japan
The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Postcolonial Japan State Shrine and Honor for Ethnic Veterans the Fallen and their Bereaved
The East Asian History Elective in Korean High Schools An Attempt at Reflective Education in Transnational Space
Japanese Textbooks in the Asian History Wars The Waning Importance of Weapons of Mass Instruction
The Controversy over the Ancient Korean State of Gaya A Fresh Look at the KoreaJapan History War
Young Poets Under the Shadow of War Yun Dongju and Tachihara Michizō
Oda Makoto and Literary Reconciliation The Rise of Civil Societies in Japan and Korea in the Wake of the AsiaPacific War
Comfort Women Bashing and Japans Social Formation of Hegemonic Masculinity
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Michael Lewis is Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a historian of modern Japan and its influence on modern East Asian societies and politics. He has written major studies of mass protests in Japan and popular movements for and against the prewar Japanese empire.

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