This week, we’re going to discuss one of the most reprehensible aspects of a war littered with horrible acts; the system of mass sexual slavery of women euphemistically dubbed “comfort women”. We’ll talk about the origins and nature of the system, and the reason why it has come back to haunt Japanese politics today.
This week, we’re turn to the modern Sino-Japanese relationship. After 1978, the communist party assumed a different form under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping. How did those changes affect diplomacy between China and Japan? And what on earth happened to lead to the modern fraught relationship between East Asia’s two most powerful states?
This week we explore the rise of the man who would come to symbolize, for good or ill, modern China: Mao Zedong. Who was he, how did he come out on top, and what was his relationship with his neighbors to the east?
Mitter, Rana. Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937-1945.
Sasagawa, Yuji. “Changes and Characteristics of Wartime Mobilization in China: Focusing on a Comparison of the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Civil War Era”. Trans. Isaac Meyer. Journal of Modern Chinese History (forthcoming).
Pepper, Suzanne. Civil War in China: The Political Struggle, 1945-1949.