China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival (Allen Lane, June 2013).
Different countries give different opening dates for the period of the Second World War, but perhaps the most compelling is 1937, when the 'Marco Polo Bridge Incident' plunged China and Japan into a conflict of extraordinary duration and ferocity - a war which would result in many millions of deaths and completely reshape East Asia in ways which we continue to confront today.
With great vividness and narrative drive Rana Mitter's book draws on a huge range of new sources to recreate this terrible conflict. He writes both about the major leaders (Chiang Kaishek, Mao Zedong and Wang Jingwei) and about the ordinary people swept up by terrible times. Mitter puts at the heart of our understanding of the Second World War that it was Japan's failure to defeat China which was the key dynamic for what happened in Asia.
- Modern East Asian history
- History of World War II in Asia
- Contemporary Chinese politics
Rana Mitter has published on the political and cultural history of twentieth-century China, and is currently working on the connections between war and nationalism in China from the 1930s to the present. His interests include the Republican period (1912-1949), the Cold War and Sino-Japanese relations.
Presentism and China's Changing Past
The War Years, 1937-1949
Nationalism, decolonization, geopolitics and the Asian post-war
British Diplomacy and Changing Views of Chinese Governmental Capability over the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
Forgotten Ally China's World War II, 1937-1945
China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival
Nationalism in East Asia, 1839-1945
China and the Cold War
Imperialism, Transnationalism and the Reconstruction of Postwar China, 1944-6
- Helena Ferreira Lopes de Santos
- Sheng Peng
- Nelson So
- Jonathan Ward
- Pete Millwood
- Verity Robins
- Yi Yang
- Qiang Zhang
- Charlene Wang
- So-jeong Im
I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil students regarding Modern Chinese history.
Shanghai – World City Redux – on the links between China’s past and present – 26 January 2014 -http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02tmrrl
In Our Time BBC Radio 4, on the Sino-Japanese War -- 8 May 2014 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042ldyq
South Korea – the Silent Superpower, on Korean soft power – March 2016 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03ms8qz
Free Thinking BBC Radio 3, on the Cultural Revolution – 11 May 2016 - https://soundcloud.com/radio3arts-ideas/free-thinking-the-cultural