Tracing the course of conflicts throughout Asia in the past century, this groundbreaking volume is the first to explore systematically the nexus of war and state terrorism. Challenging states' definitions of terrorism, which routinely exclude their own behavior, the book focuses especially on the nature of Japanese and American wars and crimes of war. This rare comparative perspective examines the ways in which state terror leads to civilian casualties, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. In counterbalance, they discuss anti-war movements and international efforts to protect human rights. This interdisciplinary volume will resonate with readers searching for a deeper understanding of an era dominated by war and terror.
Mark Selden is professor of sociology and history at Binghamton University and professorial associate in the East Asia Program at Cornell University. Alvin Y. So is professor in the Division of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Chapter 1 Introduction: War and State Terrorism Chapter 2 The United States and Japan in Twentieth-Century Asian Wars Chapter 3 State Terror versus Humanitarian Law Chapter 4 American Air Power and Nuclear Strategy in Northeast Asia since 1945 Chapter 5 When God(s) and Buddhas Go to War Chapter 6 Japanese Racism, War, and the POW Experience Chapter 7 The Waters Covered the Earth: China's War-Induced Natural Disasters Chapter 8 Drugs and Oil: The Deep Politics of U.S. Asian Wars Chapter 9 War, Genocide, and Resistance in East Timor, 1975-99: Comparative Reflections on Cambodia Chapter 10 Resisting State Terror: The Anti-Vietnam War Movement Chapter 11 Resisting Nuclear Terror: Japanese and American Antinuclear Movements since 1945