“China’s War with Japan”, a Conversation with Prof. Rana Mitter


  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•01•11    18:30 - 19:30

    On 11 January 2017, UNU will host “China’s War with Japan“, a conversation with Professor Rana Mitter, Deutsche Bank Director of the China Centre at the University of Oxford. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Many attribute the origins of Japan and China’s fraught and unsteady relationship to the horrific war between the two countries in the first half of the 20th century, which killed millions of soldiers and civilians. Why, however, do the events that took place over 70 years ago continue to hold so much importance today?

    At a time when Japan seeks to move beyond its wartime history, China is placing more emphasis than ever on reviving the memory of these events, and using them to shape its regional and geopolitical aims. In many ways, China has made it clear that the events of World War II are not just history, but contemporary politics.

    Prof. Mitter will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring how history has shaped the relationship between China and Japan, and how it continues to influence interactions between the two countries today.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 10 January) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Rana Mitter is the Deutsche Bank Director of the China Centre at the University of Oxford, where he is also Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.

    Prof. Mitter’s research interests include the emergence of nationalism in modern China, both in the early 20th century and in the contemporary era, as well as the impact of the Second Sino-Japanese War on the development of Chinese politics, society, and culture. He is the author of several books, including A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World (2004). His most recent book, China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival (2013), won the 2014 RUSI/Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature; it was also listed as a 2013 Book of the Year in the Financial Times, and was named a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title in The Economist.

    In the United Kingdom, he is a regular presenter on Free Thinking, an arts and ideas programme on BBC Radio 3. He is also a regular commentator on contemporary Chinese politics and society, and his reviews and essays have appeared in newspapers including the Financial Times, International New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Caijing, and Outlook (India). He writes regularly for the South China Morning Post.


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