Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:40 AM
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
East Asia Program presents
Bringing East Asia to the SU Classroom Series
A Militarized Peace: East Asia Between World War II and the Korean
When and how did World War II end? Historians have spilled oceans
of ink on the causes and conduct of the war; far less attention has been trained on what
happened when the guns fell silent and the mobilized came home. Although major combat operations in
World War II ceased in August 1945, many of the social processes unleashed by the war continued
to shape life in East Asia well into the postwar. Using the concept of militarization as a lens,
this talk will focus on the late 1940s and early 1950s, looking at events that included the
deconstruction of the Japanese colonial empire, the occupations of Korea and Japan, the revolution in China, and
the outbreak of war on the Korean Peninsula.
Connor Mills received his PhD from Princeton University in 2020
and is a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University’s
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is currently working on revising his dissertation to
produce a book manuscript, tentatively titled American Bases, Japanese Towns: Everyday Life
and Militarization in Postwar Japan. Other current research projects
include work on the history of prisons in twentieth-century Japan and an investigation into hundreds of Japanese who impersonated U.S.
military service members during the Allied Occupation.
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