Monthly Archives: October 2018

Why Nationalism is Like a Genie in a Bottle

The nationalist spirit is unleashed, and I have several conjectures. (1) Social media and internet communication makes one idea spread quickly across borders, so Brexit, Trump, FPO, AfD, Northern League and Bolsonaro are no coincidence that they happen in short … Continue reading

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Book Review: Noriko Kawamura, “Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War” (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015)

I had stumbled upon this book after conversing with a Chinese colleague on the Sino-Japanese War (1937-45), and had inquired about the involvement of the emperor Hirohito in sanctioning the war. He was after all the supreme commander-in-chief of the … Continue reading

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