The interpretation of history is an inherently political act in China, and the struggle for control of the narrative of the War of Resistance Against Japan—World War II—has heated up during the approach to the September 3 parade commemorating the Japanese surrender. Joining us to talk about changing interpretations of World War II and the big miitary parade in front of Tiananmen is Rana Mitter, professor of modern Chinese history at Oxford University and the author of two books on twentieth century Chinese history: China’s War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival and A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World. [standalone mp3 download]
September 14, 2015
This weeks recommendations！Recommendations suggested throughout various parts of the show; Chublic Opinion: Down with the Nihilists http://chublicopinion.com/2015/08/31/down-with-the-nihilists/ Financial Times: Asia: History lessons feed nationalisms http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/491a5866-3ba7-11e5-8613-07d16aad2152.html#axzz3kuAyaZpxJay Taylor: The Generalissimo http://www.amazon.com/The-Generalissimo-Chiang-Kai-shek-Struggle/dp/0674060490End of the show recommendations; David Moser: State Administration of Achieves: www.saac.gov.cnRana Mitter: Timothy Snyder: The Black Earth http://www.amazon.com/Black-Earth-Holocaust-History-Warning/dp/1101903457Kaiser Kuo: Gareth Jones' Master File of All Sinica Podcast Recommendations https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16CNH2TCF7_rU6yJaKb9WiVAVpg6yYZBjIiosebTuOuM/edit#gid=0
September 19, 2015
Fascinating discussion, thanks!
September 21, 2015
Great show.Another book that discusses the "WWII" era from the other side of the Taiwan straights.Formosa Betrayed, by George H. Kerrhttp://www.romanization.com/books/formosabetrayed/