Member Book: Hofmann and Ward, Transwar Asia: Ideology, Practices, Institutions 1920-1960

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Apologies for the cross-posting, but we are excited to announce the publication of our co-edited volume Transwar Asia: Ideology, Practices, Institutions, 1920-1960 from Bloomsbury Academic.
Transwar Asia: Ideology, Practices, Institutions, 1920-1960. Edited by Reto Hofmann and Max Ward
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2022, 240pp. ISBN: 9781350182813
This volume consider the possibilities of the term 'transwar' to understand the history of Asia from the 1920s to the 1960s. Recently, scholars have challenged earlier studies that suggested a neat division between the pre- and postwar or colonial/postcolonial periods in the national histories of East Asia, instead assessing change and continuity across the divide of war. Taking this reconsideration further, Transwar Asia explores the complex processes by which prewar and colonial ideologies, practices, and institutions from the 1920s and 1930s were reconfigured during World War II and, crucially, in the two decades that followed, thus shaping the Asian Cold War and the processes of decolonization and nation state-formation. With contributions covering the transwar histories of China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan, the book addresses key themes such as authoritarianism, militarization, criminal rehabilitation, market controls, labor-regimes, and anti-communism. A transwar angle, the authors argue, sheds new light on the continuing problems that undergirded the formation of postwar nation-states and illuminates the political legacies that still shape the various regions in Asia up to the present.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: The Long Transwar in Asia, Reto Hofmann and Max Ward (Read HERE)
Part I Institutional Transwar Regimes
1. Imperial Shift: Rice and Revolution in Transwar Korea, 1939–1949, Yumi Moon
2. Colonial Militarism in Transwar East Asia: Indigenous Forces and the Three Waves of Militarization, Victor Louzon
3. Occupational Hazards in the Transwar Pacific: Imperialism, the US Military, and Filipino Labor, Colleen Woods
4. University, Landed Class, and Land Reform: Transwar Origins of Private Universities in South Korea, 1920–1960, Do Young Oh
Part II Ideological Transwar Regimes
5. Resetting China’s Conservative Revolution: “People’s Livelihood” in 1950s Taiwan, Brian Tsui
6. “Volksgeist-ism”: Ideational Flows between Europe, Japan, and
Indonesia, 1920s–1960s, David Bourchier
7. Reproducing the “Emperor System Within”: Transwar Criminal Rehabilitation and Imperial Benevolence in Japan, 1920–1960, Max Ward
Afterword: Transwar as Method, Takashi Fujitani

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Max Ward, PhD
Associate Professor of Japanese History
Middlebury College
Transwar Asia: Ideology, Institutions, and Practices, 1920-1960 (Bloomsbury, 2022)
Thought Crime: Ideology and State Power in Interwar Japan (Duke UP 2019)
Confronting Capital & Empire: Rethinking Kyoto School Philosophy (Brill 2017)