Memory, identity, and commemorations of World War II : anniversary politics in Asia Pacific / edited by Daqing Yang and Mike Mochizuki ; foreword by Akira Iriye.

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Other Authors: Yang, Daqing (Editor), Mochizuki, Mike (Editor), Iriye, Akira (writer of foreword.)
Format: Book
Published: Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2018]
Summary:Why do some governments and societies attach great significance to a particular anniversary year whereas others seem less inclined to do so? What motivates the orchestration of elaborate commemorative activities in some countries? What are they supposed to accomplish, for both domestic and international audience? In what ways do commemorations in Asia Pacific fit into the global memory culture of war commemoration? In what ways are these commemorations intertwined with current international politics? This book presents the first large-scale analysis of how countries in the Asia Pacific and beyond commemorated the seventieth anniversaries of the end of World War II. Consisting of in-depth case studies of China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, United States, Russia, and Germany, this unique collective effort demonstrates how memories of the past as reflected in public commemorations and contemporary politics--both internal and international--profoundly affect each other.--Publisher description.
This study provides a broad examination of historical memory of World War II. Focusing on the Asia Pacific region, the contributors analyze how the war is perceived, how it was commemorated on the seventieth anniversary of its conclusion, and how contemporary politics affects historical memory.--Publisher description.
Physical Description:xxviii, 165 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.