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Nation-Empire: Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University) Hardcover – Illustrated, December 15, 2018

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Editorial Reviews


"Chatani (history, National Univ. of Singapore) has written a groundbreaking study of how and why young men in rural areas of Japan and its then-colonies, Taiwan and Korea, became emotionally invested in the project of Japanese nationalism and militarism. Providing a new perspective on the emotional attraction of the Japanese Empire and the opportunities it provided to the youth in the colonies, this superb study will be required reading for those interested in modern Japanese history, Japanese empire-building, and imperialism and colonialism."


"Nation-Empire contributes to a number of fields and should be widely read outside of East Asian history... while there are other works that address the local-global dynamic as it applies to colonialism in East Asia and elsewhere, Chatani raises the bar by adding several layers to both the local and "global" without slighting one over the other."


"Nation-Empire will already be of tremendous value to any scholar seeking to undertake comparative research on empires and global youth culture, and we can expect that this book will remain the definitive work on youth in the Japanese Empire for a great many years to come."

The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth


"Chatani answer a vexing question of colonialism: why rural youth in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea actively engaged in colonial and wartime initiatives, including military service. This history transforms our understanding of Japan as a "nation-empire" and makes a valuable contribution to the world history of youth."

-- Lori Watt, Associate Professor of History, Washington University in St. Louis, and author of When Empire Comes Home

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cornell University Press; Illustrated edition (December 15, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 366 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1501730754
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1501730757
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 0.988 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.98 x 0.94 x 9.02 inches
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