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  • 304 pages
  • End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World
  • David P. Chandler
  • English
  • 05 February 2019
  • 8776941833

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  1. Adam Posselt Adam Posselt says:

    As much orthan the end of the war in Europe, the end of the war in Asia in 1945 set into motion forces which completely reshaped the reality of a continent and a war weary world With the surrender of Japan, western colonies and possessions from India to Indonesia suddenly found themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of chaos and uncertainty The world might have turned from war to peace, but the world was also turned upside down, because the Asian landscape would never be quite the same As much orthan the end of the war in Europe, the end of the war in Asia in 1945 set into motion forces which completely reshaped the reality of a continent and a war weary world With the surrender of Japan, western colonies and possessions from India to Indonesia suddenly found themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of chaos and uncertainty The world might have turned from war to peace, but the world was also turned upside down, because the Asian landscape would never be quite the same after years of conflict The pre war status quo would never be seen again Other books have tackled this time of tribulation and transition in traditional narrative style End of Empire 100 Days in 1945 That Changed Asia and the World takes aunusual, day by day approach to the period from 5 August 1945 through 12 November 1945 Despite the strict chronological approach, the editors eschew simple one line notes in favor offully developed reports for each event This is no superficial recitation of headlines To begin with, the book offers roughly 30 pages to set the stage for the final days of the war and the first days of peace, or what passed for peace This is farthan a simplistic, lightweight overview of the war years Instead, the editors look thoroughly but concisely at the nations and colonies of Asia, explaining how each one arrived at its own unique situation in August 1945 These notes alone will provide a trove of fresh insights, especially for those readers who believe the Russian Front constituted the eastern extremity of World War II on the Eurasian landmass Everyone who is already familiar with the wartime history of Laos, Cambodia, and the People s Republic of Mongolia, raise your right hand Conversely, the Aftermath of about twelve pages carries the story of each part of Asia through the late 1940s in the same style Between Prelude and Aftermath lies the heart of the book, one hundred daily entries amounting to over 300 pages Each date includes multiple events and runs from a half page to several pages in length For each event, the text measures anywhere from a paragraph to multiple pages This allows the editors to make brief mention of many minor occurrences while also giving ample space to dig deeply intoimportant subjects For example, the entry for 30 August contains this short note, one of several dealing with the theme of Mongolian unification over the course of several weeks Soviet pressure on Mongol leaders about unification After a visit to the Soviet embassy in Ulaanbaatar by Choibalsan and President Bumtsend, the Mongolian People s Republic begins focusing on securing Outer Mongolian independence and, at least in public, treating calls for Mongol unification with eloquent silence In addition, the same date contains text for these headlines MacArthur assumes power Royal retraction widens divisions in Laos Bao Dai formally abdicates Bao Dai s abdication the failure of an imperial project Singapore internment camp complete Not going home the fate of Japanese POWsOf those items, Bao Dai s abdication the failure of an imperial project occupies almost two pages and Not going home the fate of Japanese POWs extends to a full page, while each of the other items receives a solid paragraph of text As can be seen, the emphasis is less on military matters andon political and diplomatic issues Likewise, some of the best known events are handled concisely, while less familiar ones sometimes receive considerablyattention On 2 September, for example, the formal surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay is covered in a single paragraph On the same date, David Marr contributes a couple of pages about the declaration of Vietnamese independence in Hanoi This pattern continues throughout the book, generating a somewhat kaleidoscopic view of those hundred days, but providing a constant flow of interesting factoids and deeper analysis No matter how much readers think they know about the end of the war in Asia, this book will teach themabout topics with which they re already familiar, and surprise them with completely new and unfamiliar information While the book isn t constructed with a steadily flowing narrative, readers will find it difficult to stop turning pages from one date to the next Where does this material come from The team at NIAS Press assembled an impressive roster of academics, all of them authorities in their fields To drop just a few names John Dower, Theodore Friend, Marc Gallicchio, Paul Kratoska, David Marr, Bruce Reynolds, and Stein Tonnesson These were loosely formed into country teams for contributing, reviewing, and finalizing the entries This kind of approach could lead to chaos, but the editors have performed an admirable job of molding the disparate inputs into a coherent whole Editorial notes at the end of the book prove enlightening in that regard Here s an excerpt from a description of the process As an editorial choice, vignette authors were invited to write on their own authority Citations to the literature in support of the mass of factual claims could have doubled the length of the book without making itauthoritative As a substitute for citations, we instituted a multi level review process First, we invited known authorities in their field to contribute to precisely those areas in which they are recognized as experts Second, each country chronology was the collective effort of the members of that country group Third, the vignettes were subjected to a formal review and revision process Fourth, the entire collective had a chance to comment on both vignettes and the full chronology after they had been declared ready to typeset by the relevant country group And, finally, all contributors have been sent the final proof of the volume before it goes to print In short, no changes have been made without the author s approval The authors remain the authorities The whole conclusively proves greater than the sum of the parts This won t ever be judged the ultimate, comprehensive history of the end of the war in Asia, but it will certainly be deemed an interesting, informative, and highly successful supplement to that literature Readers will surely be spurred to further reading and research, and to that end the editors provide seven pages filled with suggestions For our part, we would highlight a few related books of a general nature, including some old standards and some newer works Allen, Louis The End of the War in Asia London Hart Davis, 1976 Bayly, Christopher and Tim Harper Forgotten Armies The Fall of British Asia, 1941 1945 Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press, 2005 Frank, Richard B Downfall The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire New York Random House, 1999 Gallicchio, Marc The Scramble for Asia U.S Military Power in the Aftermath of the Pacific War Lanham, MD Rowman and Littlefield, 2008 Spector, Ronald H In the Ruins of Empire The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia New York Random House, 2007 In addition to the high caliber material from so many eminent contributors, End of Empire also succeeds with its simple but attractive layout, complemented but not overwhelmed by a goodly number of well chosen photographs and a few well executed maps The package looks visually appealing without being flashy It should be noted, by the way, that the book does not cover the Indian sub continent or western Asia, the inclusion of which would have probably doubled the page count, delayed publication by years, and driven contributors and editors to tears Perhaps NIAS Press will consider that project in the future Even without India and the Near East, End of Empire achieves very high levels of quality, diversity, and appeal Distinctive Engaging Informative Factual Attractive Quite a nice job all the way around, and definitely recommended Available from online booksellers, local bookshops, or directly from the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press Thanks to NIAS for providing this review copy Stone Stone Second world war books


  2. Adam Posselt Adam Posselt says:

    As much orthan the end of the war in Europe, the end of the war in Asia in 1945 set into motion forces which completely reshaped the reality of a continent and a war weary world With the surrender of Japan, western colonies and possessions from India to Indonesia suddenly found themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of chaos and uncertainty The world might have turned from war to peace, but the world was also turned upside down, because the Asian landscape would never be quite the same As much orthan the end of the war in Europe, the end of the war in Asia in 1945 set into motion forces which completely reshaped the reality of a continent and a war weary world With the surrender of Japan, western colonies and possessions from India to Indonesia suddenly found themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of chaos and uncertainty The world might have turned from war to peace, but the world was also turned upside down, because the Asian landscape would never be quite the same after years of conflict The pre war status quo would never be seen again Other books have tackled this time of tribulation and transition in traditional narrative style End of Empire 100 Days in 1945 That Changed Asia and the World takes aunusual, day by day approach to the period from 5 August 1945 through 12 November 1945 Despite the strict chronological approach, the editors eschew simple one line notes in favor offully developed reports for each event This is no superficial recitation of headlines To begin with, the book offers roughly 30 pages to set the stage for the final days of the war and the first days of peace, or what passed for peace This is farthan a simplistic, lightweight overview of the war years Instead, the editors look thoroughly but concisely at the nations and colonies of Asia, explaining how each one arrived at its own unique situation in August 1945 These notes alone will provide a trove of fresh insights, especially for those readers who believe the Russian Front constituted the eastern extremity of World War II on the Eurasian landmass Everyone who is already familiar with the wartime history of Laos, Cambodia, and the People s Republic of Mongolia, raise your right hand Conversely, the Aftermath of about twelve pages carries the story of each part of Asia through the late 1940s in the same style Between Prelude and Aftermath lies the heart of the book, one hundred daily entries amounting to over 300 pages Each date includes multiple events and runs from a half page to several pages in length For each event, the text measures anywhere from a paragraph to multiple pages This allows the editors to make brief mention of many minor occurrences while also giving ample space to dig deeply intoimportant subjects For example, the entry for 30 August contains this short note, one of several dealing with the theme of Mongolian unification over the course of several weeks Soviet pressure on Mongol leaders about unification After a visit to the Soviet embassy in Ulaanbaatar by Choibalsan and President Bumtsend, the Mongolian People s Republic begins focusing on securing Outer Mongolian independence and, at least in public, treating calls for Mongol unification with eloquent silence In addition, the same date contains text for these headlines MacArthur assumes power Royal retraction widens divisions in Laos Bao Dai formally abdicates Bao Dai s abdication the failure of an imperial project Singapore internment camp complete Not going home the fate of Japanese POWsOf those items, Bao Dai s abdication the failure of an imperial project occupies almost two pages and Not going home the fate of Japanese POWs extends to a full page, while each of the other items receives a solid paragraph of text As can be seen, the emphasis is less on military matters andon political and diplomatic issues Likewise, some of the best known events are handled concisely, while less familiar ones sometimes receive considerablyattention On 2 September, for example, the formal surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay is covered in a single paragraph On the same date, David Marr contributes a couple of pages about the declaration of Vietnamese independence in Hanoi This pattern continues throughout the book, generating a somewhat kaleidoscopic view of those hundred days, but providing a constant flow of interesting factoids and deeper analysis No matter how much readers think they know about the end of the war in Asia, this book will teach themabout topics with which they re already familiar, and surprise them with completely new and unfamiliar information While the book isn t constructed with a steadily flowing narrative, readers will find it difficult to stop turning pages from one date to the next Where does this material come from The team at NIAS Press assembled an impressive roster of academics, all of them authorities in their fields To drop just a few names John Dower, Theodore Friend, Marc Gallicchio, Paul Kratoska, David Marr, Bruce Reynolds, and Stein Tonnesson These were loosely formed into country teams for contributing, reviewing, and finalizing the entries This kind of approach could lead to chaos, but the editors have performed an admirable job of molding the disparate inputs into a coherent whole Editorial notes at the end of the book prove enlightening in that regard Here s an excerpt from a description of the process As an editorial choice, vignette authors were invited to write on their own authority Citations to the literature in support of the mass of factual claims could have doubled the length of the book without making itauthoritative As a substitute for citations, we instituted a multi level review process First, we invited known authorities in their field to contribute to precisely those areas in which they are recognized as experts Second, each country chronology was the collective effort of the members of that country group Third, the vignettes were subjected to a formal review and revision process Fourth, the entire collective had a chance to comment on both vignettes and the full chronology after they had been declared ready to typeset by the relevant country group And, finally, all contributors have been sent the final proof of the volume before it goes to print In short, no changes have been made without the author s approval The authors remain the authorities The whole conclusively proves greater than the sum of the parts This won t ever be judged the ultimate, comprehensive history of the end of the war in Asia, but it will certainly be deemed an interesting, informative, and highly successful supplement to that literature Readers will surely be spurred to further reading and research, and to that end the editors provide seven pages filled with suggestions For our part, we would highlight a few related books of a general nature, including some old standards and some newer works Allen, Louis The End of the War in Asia London Hart Davis, 1976 Bayly, Christopher and Tim Harper Forgotten Armies The Fall of British Asia, 1941 1945 Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press, 2005 Frank, Richard B Downfall The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire New York Random House, 1999 Gallicchio, Marc The Scramble for Asia U.S Military Power in the Aftermath of the Pacific War Lanham, MD Rowman and Littlefield, 2008 Spector, Ronald H In the Ruins of Empire The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia New York Random House, 2007 In addition to the high caliber material from so many eminent contributors, End of Empire also succeeds with its simple but attractive layout, complemented but not overwhelmed by a goodly number of well chosen photographs and a few well executed maps The package looks visually appealing without being flashy It should be noted, by the way, that the book does not cover the Indian sub continent or western Asia, the inclusion of which would have probably doubled the page count, delayed publication by years, and driven contributors and editors to tears Perhaps NIAS Press will consider that project in the future Even without India and the Near East, End of Empire achieves very high levels of quality, diversity, and appeal Distinctive Engaging Informative Factual Attractive Quite a nice job all the way around, and definitely recommended Available from online booksellers, local bookshops, or directly from the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press Thanks to NIAS for providing this review copy Stone Stone Second world war books


  3. Devi Devi says:

    F r mich hat dieses Buch wahnsinnig den Horizont erweitert Es macht pl tzlich alles Sinn, warum Asien nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg so in die Luft geflogen ist.


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