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Toward a History Beyond Borders: Contentious Issues in Sino–Japanese Relations
edited and translated by Daqing Yang
contributions by Motegi Toshio, Murai Ryōta, Zhihui Yang, Asano Toyomi, Hattori Ryūji, Higuchi Hidemi, Ibaraki Satoshi and Kawashima Shin
translated by Erik Esselstrom, Joshua A. Fogel, Matthew Fraleigh, Timothy S. George, Konrad M. Lawson and Louisa Rubinfien
edited by Jie Liu, Hiroshi Mitani and Andrew Gordon
Harvard University Press, 2011
Cloth: 978-0-674-06256-6
Library of Congress Classification DS740.5.J3K6213 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 303.48251052


This volume brings to English-language readers the results of an important long-term project of historians from China and Japan addressing contentious issues in their shared modern histories. Originally published simultaneously in Chinese and Japanese in 2006, the thirteen essays in this collection focus renewed attention on a set of political and historiographical controversies that have steered and stymied Sino-Japanese relations from the mid-nineteenth century through World War II to the present.

These in-depth contributions explore a range of themes, from prewar diplomatic relations and conflicts, to wartime collaboration and atrocity, to postwar commemorations and textbook debates—all while grappling with the core issue of how history has been researched, written, taught, and understood in both countries. In the context of a wider trend toward cross-national dialogues over historical issues, this volume can be read as both a progress report and a case study of the effort to overcome contentious problems of history in East Asia.

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