Thursday, July 12, 2012

Books on Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945

These are titles on the Sino-Japanese war of 1937-1945.  Unfortunately, a number of these are older titles that we do not stock anymore.

The Japanese Wartime Empire, 1931-1945 edited by Peter Duus; Ramon H. Myers and M. R. Peattie. This is Volume 3 of a 3-volume series on modern Japanese colonialism and imperialism by Japanese and international specialists. Part 1 explores aspects of Japan's wartime empire and the formal colonies of Korea and Japan. The 4 essays in Part 2 deal with Northeast Asia including the cultural construction of Manchukuo, the management of Manchuria, and the economic integration policies for Japan, Manchuria and North China. Part 3 looks at the Southward Advance of 1936-41, Thailand's role, and the Occupation Elites in Southeast Asia after 1941. The final section has reflective studies on Comfort Women, the Post-War Legacy and a comparative study of the Japanese and German Empires of WWII. With black-and-white photographs and index.

The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945 edited by Mark Peattie and Edward Drea et al.. The Sino-Japanese War has inspired numerous specialised studies-some analysing diplomatic relations, some addressing specific incidents, and still others documenting the rise of Communism in China. The war itself, however, has usually been presented from the perspective of the West. Departing from this tradition, The Battle for China brings together Chinese, Japanese, and Western scholars of the first rank to provide a comprehensive and multifaceted overview of the military operations that shaped much of what happened in political, economic, and cultural realms. Given the volatility of the events covered and their disputed histories, the volume's diverse contributors have taken pains to sustain a scholarly, dispassionate tone throughout their analyses of the course and the nature of military operations, ranging from the Marco Polo Bridge Incident of 1937 to the final campaigns of 1945. They present Western involvement in the war, but in Sino-Japanese contexts, and establish the war's place in World War II and world history in general.

Resisting Japan: Mobilizing for War in Modern China, 1935-1945 edited by David Pong and Peggy Denning. Unique among foreign wars in modern Chinese history, the Sino-Japanese War stands out not only as the longest war fought on Chinese soil, but also the longest confrontation in the run-up to it. The process dates back to at least the conclusion of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, when the Japanese firmly established a foothold on the Chinese mainland in the Northeast (Manchuria). With a base on continental China, the Japanese could more easily infiltrate, penetrate, and occupy other regions of China, purposes that colonial Taiwan could not serve as well. The War and its prologue provoked at least as many forms of resistance as there were forms of Japanese aggression. If China's military resistance was less than vigorous overall, the Chinese did mobilise often scant resources to oppose or undermine Japanese aggression with sporadic success. Besides fresh perspectives on the War, these studies further provide an important background to the contest for power after the War. To the extent that we are still living with the consequences of the War, the socio-political forces that came into existence during the period of resistance continue to have relevance.

The Fall of Hong Kong: Britain, China and the Japanese Occupation by Philip Snow. On Christmas Day 1941, the Japanese captured Hong Kong and Britain lost control of its Chinese colony for almost four years. The Japanese Occupation was a turning point in the slow historical process by which the British were to be expelled from the colony and from four centuries of influence in East Asia. In this powerful narrative, Philip Snow unravels the dramatic story of the occupation from the viewpoint of all the key players - the Hong Kong Chinese, the Japanese, and the mainland Chinese - and reinterprets the subsequent evolution of Hong Kong.

Nanqiao Jigong: The Extraordinary Story of Nanyang Drivers and Mechanics who Returned to China During the Sino-Japanese War. 1939 - the Sino-Japanese War was at a critical stage. Most of China's port cities including Shanghai and Amoy had fallen into the hands of the invading Japanese forces. When Canton was captured in October 1938, China found its shipping routes almost completely cut off. Essential supplies that were badly needed at the war front were piling up in Hong Kong, a British colony then. China's last hope was the treacherous 1,146-kilometre Yunnan-Burma Road, which ran from Lashio town in Burma to Kunming city in Yunnan, China. Lacking experienced drivers and mechanics to keep this lifeline open, China looked towards Nanyang (Southeast Asia) for help. There, the overseas Chinese were already actively contributing to war efforts through massive donation drives and they also responded overwhelmingly to this call. Within days of the enlistment notice, some 2,300 volunteers came forward. Between February and August 1939, some 3,200 volunteers from various parts of Southeast Asia returned to China. One-third of them eventually died in the line of duty.

Wuhan, 1938: War, Refugees, and the Making of Modern China by Stephen Mackinnon. During the spring of 1938, a flood of Chinese refugees displaced by the Anti-Japanese War (1937-1945) converged on the central Yangzi valley tricity complex of Wuhan. For 10 remarkable months, in a highly charged atmosphere of carnage, heroism, and desperation in China's wartime capital, the people of Wuhan held out against the Japanese in what would become a turning point in the war - and one that attracted international attention. Stephen MacKinnon for the first time tells the full story of Wuhan's defense and fall, and how the siege's aftermath led to new directions in the history of modern Chinese culture, society, and politics. This book includes a selection of photographs taken at that time, including a number by renowned photojournalist Robert Capa.

The Undaunted Women of Nanking: The Wartime Diaries of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-Fang by Hua-Ling Hu and Zhang Lian-Hong. During the infamous "Rape of Nanking," a brutal military occupation of Nanking, China, that began in December 1937, it is estimated that Japanese soldiers killed between 200,000 and 300,000 Chinese and raped between 20,000 and 80,000 women. In response to the atrocities, a group of westerners organised the International Committee for the Nanking Safety Zone and attempted to shelter refugees. Among these humanitarian heroes was Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary and acting president of Ginling College. She and Tsen Shui-fang, her Chinese assistant turned the college into a refugee camp. Even though both women were exhausted mentally and physically from caring for so many, they kept detailed diaries during the massacre. The Undaunted Women of Nanking juxtaposes the two women's wartime diaries day-by-day from December 8, 1937, through March 1, 1938. Both diaries provide vital eyewitness accounts of the Rape of Nanking and are unique in their focus on the Ginling refugee camp and the sufferings of women and children. Tsen Shui-fang's diary is the only known daily account by a Chinese national written during the crisis and not retrospectively. It has never before been published in English, and this is its first translation. Editors Hua-ling Hu and Zhang Lian-hong have added many informative annotations to the diary entries from sources including the proceedings of the Tokyo War Crimes Trial of 1946, Vautrin's correspondence, John Rabe's diary, and other historical documents. Also included are biographical sketches of the two women, a note on the diaries, and information about the aftermath of the tragedy, as well as maps and photos - some of which appear in print here for the first time.

Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China by Timothy Brook. For China and Japan, the history of collaboration in World War II has remained largely unacknowledged. In a bold, groundbreaking work, Timothy Brook breaks the silence surrounding the sensitive topic of wartime collaboration between the Chinese and their Japanese occupiers. Japan's attack on Shanghai in August 1937 led to the occupation of the Yangtze Delta. In spite of the legendary violence of the assault, Chinese elites throughout the delta came forward to work with the conquerors. Using archives on both sides of the conflict, Brook reconstructs the process of collaboration from Shanghai to Nanking. Politically unstable and morally awkward for both sides, the collaboration provoked tensions that undercut the authority of the occupation state and undermined Japan's long-term prospects for occupying China. This book was first published in hardback in 2005. With notes, sources and index.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for showcasing these! Seems I've found what I'll read in the next weeks...