44. CHINA’S GOOD WAR: HOW WORLD WAR II IS SHAPING A NEW NATIONALISM

Smith & Williamson Tent, Sun 27th June 12:15 - 13:15 (60 mins)

For most of its history, the People’s Republic of China limited public discussion of the war against Japan. It was an experience of victimization — and one that saw Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek fighting for the same goals. But now, as China grows more powerful, the meaning of the war is changing. Professor Rana Mitter will argue that China’s reassessment of the World War II years is central to its newfound confidence abroad and to mounting nationalism at home.