Transnational Encounters Between Germany and Japan Perceptions of Partnership in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Written by Joanne Miyang Cho
Part of the Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies Series
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Transnational Encounters Between Germany and Japan Perceptions of Partnership in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries by Joanne Miyang ChoShowcasing moments of convergence between the German and Japanese cultures towards common points of interest over the last one hundred fifty years, the chapters in this book cover such topics as culture, diplomacy, geography, history, law, literature, philosophy, politics, and sports. From the creation of two similar modern nation-states, to the aggressive struggle for national supremacy and subsequent total defeat in 1945, the necessity of coping with their earlier militarism and parallel economic miracles in the postwar era, Germans and Japanese look back on a remarkably similar past.
's economy. As evidence, the last few annual meetings of both the German Studies Association and Association for Asian Studies featured multiple panels on the ties between Europe and Asia. Like some previous edited works, the proposed volume taps into this growing interest. The editors and the contributors are published authors on the subject; some are even established authorities in their areas of studies. All the editors, Cho, Roberts, and Spang, produced works on the theme of German-Asian relations, while several of the contributors wrote monographs on related topics. The diverse interests and academic backgrounds of the contributors add an interdisciplinary dimension to the volume, so that it covers convincingly topics ranging from literature to history to politics to international relations. It is also very remarkable that the contributors are based in Europe, Asia, or America, which not only ensures that the volume examines the subject from different perspectives and with balance, but should also broaden its appeal to different readerships. Specifically, both the structure and substance of the proposed volume are sound. It logically organizes the chapters into three groups, chronologically arranged. Several of the essays engage with a particular topic through original research, while others provide general overviews of broader topics. All the sample chapters exhibit depth by using and citing sources in the relevant languages. The chapters cover various aspects of German-Japanese relations without overlapping too much or leaving unacceptable gaps. Of course, in an edited volume with thirteen contributors and on a theme so broad, some important topics are not discussed in depth, but then the volume never claimed to be comprehensive. As a matter of fact, most of the authoritative works on German-Japanese relations are edited volumes with multiple authors, some of whom are actually writing for the present proposed project. Moreover, some of the chapters deal with topics with a substantial external body of scholarship and should thus be of interest to readers who might otherwise not be interested in German-Japanese relations; examples include the experience of European Jewish exiles fleeing persecution, the Tripartite or Axis Pact, the trials of war criminals after World War II, and Western views of Asia. In sum, the proposed volume will contribute to the expanding field of transnational and global histories. Students, teachers, and scholars will benefit from the publication of this volume.'
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16th December 2015
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