Manchukuo and the Dream of Pan-Asia

  • Eri Hotta
Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Series in Transnational History book series (PMSTH)


Owing to a burgeoning body of sophisticated historical works, it has become almost a cliché to say that Manchukuo was an imperialist creation of a unique brand. By addressing the relevance and particularity of Manchukuo in various fields of imperialism as well as transnational and sovereignty studies that transcend the simple nation-state matrix, the authors of some of the most important works on Manchukuo have enhanced our understanding of this nation- and state-building (kenkoku) enterprise. To draw attention to only the illustrative few, Louise Young has put forward her seminal thesis of a “total empire” to explain the comprehensive manner of Japanese mobilization for Manchukuo. In her study, as a methodology and a description of a phenomenon in itself, the term “total empire” is proposed as a parallel term to “total war.”1 Like total war, total empire was made on the home front, entailing multidimensional mobilization of the Japanese nation in all cultural, military, political, and economic endeavors. In her view, Manchukuo signifies not only a military conquest, but also a vast socio-politico-cultural project that represented Japan’s modern efficiency expressed in the forms of Manchukuo’s cosmopolitan cities and agricultural settlements.


Japanese Imperialism Military Police High Moral Ground Chinese Nationalism Japanese Nation 
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