Asia and the Great War: A Shared History

  • Citation: Guoqi, Xu. Asia and the Great War: A Shared History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
    • Topics:
    • Great Power Conflict
    • Keywords:
    • Japan
    • China
    • Korea
    • India
    • Vietnam
    • World War I
    • shared history
    • racial equality
    • Paris Peace Conference

This book presents a “shared” history of Asian involvement in the Great War from non-national and transnational perspectives. Asian involvements make the Great War not only a true “world” war but also a “great” war. The war generated forces that would transform Asia both internally and externally. Asian participation transformed the meaning and implications of the broader conflict. The First World War was in fact a defining moment that shaped worldviews and developments across Asia. This book is also meant to be a step in recovering memories of the war and re-evaluating the war in its Asian contexts. The Asians’ part in the war and the part the war played in the collective development of Asia represent the first steps of the long journey to full national independence and international recognition. This book aims to bring the Great War more fully into Asian history and Asians into the international history of the war with hope that this book helps the people of Asia develop a better understanding of their shared history through the Great War in order to lay the groundwork for a healthy and peaceful journey into a future that will only be shared, not lived separately.

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