Tensions of Empire: Japan and Southeast Asia in the Colonial and Postcolonial World

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By Ken'ichi Goto

Beginning with the closing decade of European colonial rule in Southeast Asia and covering the wartime Japanese empire and its postwar disintegration, Tensions of Empire focuses on the Japanese in Southeast Asia, Indonesians in Japan, and the legacy of the war in Southeast Asia. It also examines Japanese perceptions of Southeast Asia and the lingering ambivalence toward Japanese involvement in Asia and the war in particular.


"...an illuminating analysis of contemporary debates about Japanese imperialism in China and Southeast Asia, 1937-1945... This is an excellent collection of articles written by Japan's foremost historian of Japan's evolving relations with Southeast Asia during the 20th century." - The Japan Times

Ken'ichi Goto is Professor of International Relations and a former Dean of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University, Tokyo. He is also the former President of the Japan Society for Southeast Asian History.


Publication Year: 2003
376 pages, 216mm x 140mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-281-0, Paperback

NUS Press and Ohio University Press