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War Crimes Trials in the Wake of Decolonization and Cold War in Asia, 1945-1956: Justice in Time of Turmoil

War Crimes Trials in the Wake of Decolonization and Cold War in Asia, 1945-1956: Justice in Time of Turmoil (Hardback)

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This book investigates the political context and intentions behind the trialling of Japanese war criminals in the wake of World War Two. After the Second World War in Asia, the victorious Allies placed around 5,700 Japanese on trial for war crimes. Ostensibly crafted to bring perpetrators to justice, the trials intersected in complex ways with the great issues of the day. They were meant to finish off the business of World War Two and to consolidate United States hegemony over Japan in the Pacific, but they lost impetus as Japan morphed into an ally of the West in the Cold War. Embattled colonial powers used the trials to bolster their authority against nationalist revolutionaries, but they found the principles of international humanitarian law were sharply at odds with the inequalities embodied in colonialism. Within nationalist movements, local enmities often overshadowed the reckoning with Japan. And hovering over the trials was the critical question: just what was justice for the Japanese in a world where all sides had committed atrocities?

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsColonialism & imperialismHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarLawInternational lawPublic international lawInternational criminal lawLawJurisprudence & general issuesLegal historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminology Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG Publication Date: 05/11/2016 ISBN-13: 9783319429861  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Kerstin von Lingen is Researcher and Lecturer at Heidelberg University, Germany in the `Asia and Europe in a Global Context' Cluster of Excellence. Since 2013, she has led an independent research group, `Transcultural Justice: Legal Flows and the Emergence of International Justice within the East Asian War Crimes Trials, 1945-1954'. She is the 2016 laureate of the International Chair for the History of the Second World War, awarded by the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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