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Rethinking the Aerial Destruction of Cities in East Asia, 1932-45

Organizer: Sheldon Garon, East Asian Studies

March 2, 2020 · 8:00 am5:00 pm ·

Program in East Asian Studies

This international workshop brainstorms about the recent wave of scholarship on the bombing wars experienced in Japan and China from 1932 to 1945.  Joining the several East Asia specialists will be two scholars, Paul Saint-Amour and Dietmar Süss, whose books on bombing in Europe have inspired many of the participants.  The workshop seeks to foster interdisciplinary approaches, bringing together scholars of urban geography, environmental history, architecture and urban planning, art history, comparative literature, military history, and transnational and comparative history.  We also aim to integrate the Japanese and Chinese stories into a more global history of World War II than is currently available in the generally Eurocentric accounts.  The Japanese and Chinese were both takers and makers of emerging global ideas and practices about attacking and defending cities.

For full schedule and list of participants, visit: https://eap.princeton.edu/events/rethinking-aerial-destruction-cities-east-asia-1932-45


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