End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World

End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World

Authors/Editors: David P. Chandler, Robert Cribb, Li Narangoa

Publication date: Monday, February 29, 2016

Publication type: Book

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  • 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 and a Facebook page in which you can join the discussion on the events depicted!

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