New Cold War?: Wartime Japan and the Global Politics of War and Peace, 1931-2022

November 3, 2022 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Fred Dickinson (University of Pennsylvania)
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Forever committed to a victor's perspective from 1945, conventional histories define our age as World War I and II, a "Cold War", and now, Cold War II. Viewed from the prism of modern Japan, however, the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries assume a starkly different hue.

If we replace the triumphal narrative of V-E and V-J Day with a sober assessment of wartime Japan and its legacies, we see the true calamity of what some now erroneously label a "New Cold War."

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Frederick R. Dickinson is Professor of Japanese History and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies. From 2012-2019, he served as Co-Director of the Lauder institute of Management and International Studies. Born in Tokyo and raised in Kanazawa and Kyoto, Japan, he writes and teaches about modern Japan, on empire, politics and nationalism in East Asia and the Pacific, and on World History.

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