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History Politics in East Asia
© Torsten Weber

History Politics in East Asia

 September 2014 - ongoing

This project examines how history is instrumentalized in public political discourse in contemporary East Asia. It focuses on different aspects of how Japan’s imperialist past is dealt with in Japan, China, and South Korea. Sub-projects analyze the targets, methods, and strategies of different actors in the dispute over the interpretation of key themes such as the Nanjing Massacre and the apology issue. In this context, Japanese perceptions of Asia in general and of China and Korea in particular are included in the analysis. One case study focuses on the Japanese magazine Sapio as a key mainstream medium of historical revisionism in Japan. More broadly, the project ‘History Politics in East Asia’ aims at producing a number of case studies of the political use of history in East Asia and also analyzing the chances, risks, and mechanisms of history politics, remembering, and forgetting from a theoretical point of view.

Recent Publications

Weber, Torsten & Scherer, Anke (2023). "Geschichte und Geschichtsbewusstsein in Japan im Jahr 2022". In: Chiavacci, David & Wieczorek, Iris (Eds.), Japan 2023. Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (pp. 161-176). Iudicium. LINK
Weber, Torsten (2023). "Expokritik: Vielfalt als Nationalgeschichte. Das japanische Rekihaku Museum". Werkstatt Geschichte, 88 (pp. 125-133). LINK
Weber, Torsten & Scherer, Anke (2022). "Geschichte und Geschichtsbewusstsein in Japan im Jahr 2021". In: Japan 2022. Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (pp. 260-280). Iudicium.
Weber, Torsten & Scherer, Anke (2021). "Geschichte und Geschichtsbewusstsein im Jahr der Jahrestage 2020". In: Chiavacci, David & Wieczorek, Iris (Eds.), Japan 2021: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (pp. 213-233). Iudicium.
Weber, Torsten (2020). "Tokyo’s 1940 ‘Phantom Olympics’ in public memory: when Japan choose war". In: Holthus, Barbara, Gagné, Isaac, Manzenreiter, Wolfram & Waldenberger, Franz (Eds.), Japan through the lens of the Tokyo Olympics (pp. 66-72). Routledge. LINK
Weber, Torsten (2019). "Der schwierige Umgang mit der Schuld". Damals, Jg. 51, Heft 7 (pp. 42-46). LINK
Weber, Torsten (2019). "Nanjing War Diaries / Nankinger Kriegstagebücher, 59, Juli 2019, 3.". DIJ Newsletter, 59. LINK
Weber, Torsten (June 27, 2019). "Die Nanking Tagebücher John Rabes – Historische Quellen im multilingualen Kontext". TRAFO Blog for Transregional Research. LINK
Weber, Torsten (2019). "DFG-Projekt zu Nankinger Kriegstagebüchern (01) 2019, 14". Weltweit vor Ort, 2019 (1). LINK
Weber, Torsten (2018). "Apology Failures: Japanese Strategies in Dealing with its Imperialist Past Towards China and Korea". In: Bevernage, B. & Wouters, N. (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of State-Sponsored History After 1945 (pp. 801-816). Palgrave. LINK