Asia and the Great War: A Shared History

Hardcover | December 24, 2016

byGuoqi Xu

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There is no single volume that shines a light on Asia's collective involvement in the First World War, and the impact that war had on its societies. Moreover, no volume in any language explores the experiences Asian countries shared as they became embroiled, with divergent results, in the warand its repercussions. Asia and the Great War moves beyond the national or even international level by presenting a 'shared' history from non-national and transnational perspectives. Asian involvements make the Great War not only a true 'world' war but also a 'great' war. The war generated forcesthat would transform Asia both internally and externally. Asian involvement in the First World War is a unique chapter in both Asian and world history, with Asian participation transforming the meaning and implications of the broader conflict.Asia and the Great War also takes steps to recover memories of the war and re-evaluate the war in its Asian contexts. Asia's part in the war and the part the war played in the collective development of Asia represent the first steps of the long journey to full national independence andinternational recognition. This volume aims to bring the Great War more fully into Asian history and the people of Asia into the international history of the war, in the hope that the shared history could lay the groundwork for a shared future.

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There is no single volume that shines a light on Asia's collective involvement in the First World War, and the impact that war had on its societies. Moreover, no volume in any language explores the experiences Asian countries shared as they became embroiled, with divergent results, in the warand its repercussions. Asia and the Great Wa...

Born in China, Xu Guoqi received a PhD in history from Harvard University. He taught in both China and the USA before moving to The University of Hong Kong. He is an internationally-renowned scholar with expertise on the international history of modern China, the Olympic movement, the First World War, and Sino-American relations. His ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:December 24, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199658196

ISBN - 13:9780199658190

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IntroductionPart I: The Great War as Shared History in China and Japan1. The Great War Comes to Asia, 1895-1914: From Shimonoseki to Qingdao2. The Great War in China and Japan, 1915-1918Part II: Empires at War: The Great War and Transformations in the National Development of India, Korea, and Vietnam3. Indian's Great War and National Awakening4. Colonial Vietnam and the War5. Koreans: From the March First Movement to the Paris Peace ConferencePart III: The Chinese and Japanese Roles: High Expectations and Grave Disappointments6. China and Japan at Paris: Old Rivalries in a New World7. Japan and Its Dream for Racial EqualityPart IV: Towards a New Asia and World?8. Asia Rethinks Its Relation to the WorldConclusion