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Rethinking WWII in Asia

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Editor: Professor David Cohen

World War II was the first major conflict in history in which the victors carried out trials and punishment of thousands of people in the defeated nations for 'crimes against peace' and 'crimes against humanity', two new and broadly defined categories of international crime. For most people, this calls to mind the trials of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg. However an equally difficult, fascinating, and controversial set of trials in Japan and the South Pacific created the statutory framework that is still used today. Controversy and complexity distinguish scholarly discussions about these trials, and there is a sense in the English speaking world that the Japanese scholars have ignored them. Still, in the last two decades Japanese scholars in this period have been writing 'less ideological' histories of these events. Until now there has not been a series that will make these important studies available to an English-speaking audience.

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