The shadow of World war II rests at the heart of the current tensions in East Asia. From issues concerning disputed islands in the East and South China Seas to problems of nationalism, the legacy of this conflict continues to shape the international politics of the region and with it, of the rest of the world. Prof Carol Gluck, a world renown historian of East Asia investigates this question in this annual event that honours the work and achievements of late Professor Saki Dockrill.
Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Language and Cultures, in the Department of History and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. She is chair of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute Publications Program. A prize-winning historian, her most recent book is Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, coedited with Anna Tsing (Duke University Press, 2009). Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan and History, will be published by the University of California Press in 2013, and Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.
A wine reception in Chapters on the 2nd floor of the Strand building will follow the lecture.