End of Empire

100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World

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  • Published: 2016
  • Pages: 352 pp.
  • Illustrated
  • Series: Asia Insights
  • Series number: 8
Available from NIAS Press worldwide
ISBN Hardback: 978 87 7694 182 6, £60.00
ISBN Paperback: 978 87 7694 183 3, £19.99

• Charts 100 days of dreams, drama and turmoil across eastern Asia at the end of World War II.

• Combines daily events with commentary, photographs, maps and personal accounts.

• Part of a radically new multi-layered, ‘real-time’ publication commemorating events 70 years after they happened and ‘broadcast’ day by day.

  • Charts 100 days of dreams, drama and turmoil across eastern Asia at the end of World War II.
  • Combines daily events with commentary, photographs, maps and personal accounts.
  • Part of a radical new multi-layered, 'real time' publication commenmorating events 70 years after they happened and 'broadcast' day by day.

 

Aiming to balance the focus on European events in global public discussions and reminiscences of World War II, End of Empire focuses on a brief, 100-day period at the end of the war across a broad sweep of eastern Asia – a time when the Indonesian and Vietnamese revolutions were born, the fragile wartime truce between Communists and Nationalists in China began to fray, and the first steps were made in Japan towards a new democratic order. Following a chronological order, the volume combines daily events with commentary, photographs, maps and personal accounts. More importantly, it is part of a radical, multi-faceted project to commemorate the period not just in print but also on screen and in ‘real-time broadcasts’ published day by day. Here, perhaps, is the form of scholarly publishing and learning of the future but without abandoning traditional standards.

The book comes with a companion website (Endofempire.asia) and a Facebook page (Facebook/endofempire.com) in which you can join the discussion on the events depicted!

Robert Cribb grew up in Brisbane, Australia, and spent much time as a child wandering the bush and the Barrier Reef with his botanist parents. A keen appreciation of the environmental and geographical dimensions of history still informs much of his research and writings.

After completing his undergraduate studies in Asian History at the University of Queensland, he took his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a thesis on Jakarta during the Indonesian revolution, 1945–1949. This was the basis of his subsequent, and highly praised, book on gangsters and revolutionaries in the Indonesian independence struggle.

After graduating, Robert Cribb taught at Griffith University and the University of Queensland (both in Brisbane) and as guest lecturer at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. He held research positions at the Australian National University, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, where he was also director for two years. He rejoined the Australian National University at the beginning of 2003 and he is currently Professor of Indonesian History in the ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific. He is also the immediate past president of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).

Professor Cribb’s research interests focus mainly on Indonesia, though he has some interest in other parts of Southeast Asia (especially Malaysia and Burma/Myanmar) and in Inner Asia. The themes of his research are mass violence and crime, national identity, environmental politics, and historical geography.

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by Charles Bogart
From journal:
Navy History: http://www.navyhistory.org/2016/09/book-review-end-of-empire-100-days-in-1945-that-changed-asia-and-the-world/

"This book is a great introductory look at the forces that over the past 70 years have shaped the current political, economic, and social outlook of the countries of the Asian Pacific Rim. Anyone who is interested in the Asian Pacific Rim countries should read this book."

"This book is a great introductory look at the forces that over the past 70 years have shaped the current political, economic, and social outlook of the countries of the Asian Pacific Rim. Anyone who is interested in the Asian Pacific Rim countries should read this book."

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From journal:
Charles K. Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Columbia University

"With incisive articles by leading experts on issues and areas across the globe, End of Empires is a unique and invaluable resource for anyone interested in World War II and the origins of the postwar world."

"With incisive articles by leading experts on issues and areas across the globe, End of Empires is a unique and invaluable resource for anyone interested in World War II and the origins of the postwar world."

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From journal:
Rana Mitter, University of Oxford, author of China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival

“The end of the war in Asia ushered in some of the momentus changes in global history. In this collection, you can see – day by day – the way that the war changed on the ground, as well as hearing voices from those all across Asia as well as the U.S. and Europe who were involved in bringing the conflict to a close.

“The end of the war in Asia ushered in some of the momentus changes in global history. In this collection, you can see – day by day – the way that the war changed on the ground, as well as hearing voices from those all across Asia as well as the U.S. and Europe who were involved in bringing the conflict to a close. A detailed and fascinating account of a year of immense significance – WW2 buffs and Asia historians will find much here to captivate and surprise.”

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From journal:
Sven Saaler, Sophia University, Tokyo

"End of Empire is a must-read for everyone with an interest in World War II and the demise of colonialism in East Asia. Superbly illustrated and transnational in its approach, it is an extraordinary resource for scholars as well as armchair historians."

"End of Empire is a must-read for everyone with an interest in World War II and the demise of colonialism in East Asia. Superbly illustrated and transnational in its approach, it is an extraordinary resource for scholars as well as armchair historians."

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