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Workshop on World War I in East Asia

Jan 26, 2018 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Organiser: Prof. Harald Fuess & Sponsored by the Toshiba Foundation (TIFO)

Keynote Speaker: Toshiba Foundation Visiting Professor Tatsuji Fujihara (Kyoto University, Humanities Research Institute)


In the year of 2018 numerous events are conducted to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I. Despite its designation as a “world” war, it is most striking how national or at best Eurocentric perspectives dominate general discussions and public reflections in Germany. The wider involvement of people from other territories remains mainly relegated to the marginal category of “rest of the world history,” if it is mentioned at all. This workshop focusses on World War I in Japan and East Asia. By probing into these rather neglected regions, it seeks to understand alternative wartime dynamics at work in places outside of Europe but seeks to explore worldwide connections and their long-term repercussions in Asia and Europe.

Schedule 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Tatsuji Fujihara (Kyoto University, Humanities Research Institute) World War I and the food crisis in Japan

Takuma Melber (Heidelberg University, HCTS) Insights into camp life: German soldiers in Japanese war captivity during World War I


Cees Heere (Leiden University / Roosevelt Institute for American Studies) The ‘White Pacific’ at War: Britain, the Dominions, and Japan, 1914-1919

Harald Fuess (Heidelberg University, HCTS) World War One and the End of Globalization: Anglo-German Rivalries and the Destruction of German Trade in East Asia


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