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In the wake of the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, much of the discussion of the conflict in the Pacific theater has centered on the actions of Japan and the United States, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That focus leaves out key aspects of a much larger story: the struggle for empire and mastery that shaped the fate of Asia from the beginning of the twentieth century through the Korean War, and beyond.
On Wednesday, January 18, six distinguished historians will present a fresh look at this “hidden history” of the wars of twentieth century East Asia, offering new perspectives on contemporary conflicts in the region. Co-moderated by Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Arthur Herman and Hudson Institute Senior Vice President Lewis Libby, the presentations of these internationally renowned scholars will challenge widely-held misconceptions and false perspectives on both the Second World War and the Korean War, and provide a better context for understanding the changing relationship between the United States and its Pacific Rim allies.
9:30 am — 10:00 am
Japan's Response to the Shifting Global Order
Remarks by Dr. Sally Paine
10:00 am — 11:00 am
The Turning Points of Modern Sino-Japanese Relations
Remarks by Dr. Shin Kawashima
11:00 am — 12:00 pm
The Japanese Termination of the Pacific War: The Significance and Causal Factors of “The End of War”
Remarks by Dr. Junichiro Shoji
12:45 pm — 1:45 pm
Popular Nationalism and Mao’s Rise as China’s Superhero
Remarks by Dr. Michael Sheng
1:45 pm — 2:45 pm
Japan’s Military and Diplomatic Strategy Between the Two World Wars
Remarks by Dr. Edward J. Drea
3:00 pm — 4:00 pm
An Unlikely Partnership: Early Postwar Reconstruction and Reconciliation Between Japan and China
Remarks by Dr. Daqing Yang
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm
This event will be live streamed on Hudson's homepage.