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千葉大学大学院人文社会科学研究科国際ワークショップ
The Empire Strikes Back ; A Comparison of the Domestic Impact of War on Japan and the United States

日時/2009年11月28日(土)13時~
場所/渋谷区アイビスビル10階 世界史研究所スカイラウンジ
講演者/ルイーズ・ヤング(ウィスコンシン大学マディソン校)
使用言語/英語・日本語

主催/千葉大学大学院人文社会科学研究科大学院GP
    「実践的公共学実質化のための教育プログラム」
共催/世界史研究所
連絡先/千葉大学大学院人文社会科学研究科教育支援室
      担当 崎山直樹 sakiyama●shd.shiba-u.ac.jp(●を@に変えてお送りください)
          043-290-3823

This seminar will explore the connections between overseas aggression and domestic politics through a comparison of two twentieth century cases: the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in the 1930s and the American invasion of Iraq at the turn of the twenty-first century. The term “blowback” was invented by the U.S. secret service—the CIA— to refer to the unintended consequences of American actions abroad. Applied more broadly to twentieth century history, the term captures the ways that episodes of military adventurism and acts of empire building come back to haunt the societies that undertake them. Both the transformative impact of overseas aggression and the hangovers of a failed empire are conditions that emerged with particular clarity in twentieth century Japanese history. We see this in the story of fascism and militarism in the 1930s and 1940s as well as the changes that defeat and decolonization set in motion in postwar Japan. Such transformations are characteristic of empire in modern times: we think of imperialism as something that happens "over there” , but it also happens on the home front. Imperial powers do not just change the countries they occupy; they change their own societies as well.
Although the Japanese invasion of Manchuria and the American invasion of Iraq are separated by seventy turbulent years--during which the world was remade in the aftermath of World War Two, Africa and Asia were decolonized , and the Cold War began and ended--nevertheless there remain striking similarities between the two events. In both cases war fever broke out soon after the invasion was announced, gripping popular culture and leading to shifts in the institutional configuration of the mass media. In both cases, the invasion offered opportunities for political groups to "take over” organs of government. In Japan, the military increased its influence over politics; in the U.S., the Neo-Conservative Movement rose to power. Both political shifts inaugurated a new era of unilateralism in foreign policy and a turn to military tactics over diplomacy. In the name of the war effort, both governments carried out atrocities against “the enemy,” war crimes that were at the very least tacitly supported by home populations. In all these ways, the two cases offer suggestive lessons for understanding the legacies of empire for Japan and America.


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