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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Global Dimensions of the First World War and the Interwar Period in East Asia

 September 2014 - December 2020

The 100th anniversary of the First World War has encouraged revisiting the ‘European War’ from a global history perspective which actively incorporates non-Western perspectives. As a member of an international research team on “Reverberations of the ‘1919 Moment'”, my research focuses on the impact of the transnational discourse on ‘Asia’ and ‘Japanese-Chinese friendship’ on the public renegotiation of international relations in favour of Asian nations during the interwar period in East Asia. This research constitutes an extension of my previous work on ‘Asianism discourse’ in China and Japan.

This project completed with the publication of Beyond Versailles: The 1919 Moment and a New Order in East Asia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).

Recent Publications

Weber, Torsten (2020). "A Lost Chance for Peace: The China Crisis of 1919 and the Debate on Japanese-Chinese Friendship in Japan". In: Minohara, Tosh & Dawley, Evan (Eds.), Beyond Versailles. The 1919 Moment and a New Order in East Asia (pp. 185-206). Lexington Books. LINK