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The Revival of World War II in China: Multiple Histories, Malleable Memories

Wednesday 4 May 2022
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
204 and on zoom

World War II ended decades ago, but its legacy remains contested. In this talk I examine the evolving significance of China’s experience in that conflict. The first part introduces recent developments in historical scholarship, including my recent research on wartime controversies between China and the Netherlands and their implications for the Dutch colonial position in Indonesia. The second part examines the recent surge of WWII memory in China and how the Chinese state mobilizes particular histories of the war to serve its present purposes.

Vincent K.L. Chang is a lecturer of the history and international relations of modern China at Leiden University and a senior fellow of the LeidenAsiaCentre. His research is concerned with China’s regional and global interactions during international conflicts and power shifts and the associated contestations over norms and narratives. He is the author of original work on Chinese nationalism, historical memory, and Europe–China relations.

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