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[287] Culver, Annika. Glorify the Empire: Japanese Avant-Garde Propaganda in Manchukuo. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014.
Annika Culvers Glorify the Empire can be described as a fundamental work in understanding the Japanese political sphere surrounding the modernization of Manchukuo. The source research explores how Japanese leftist intellectuals and artists, who were traditionally heavily opposed to the imperialist agenda of the Japanese government, came to support Japanese colonial expansionism in Manchukuo.  This work is important because is dispels the belief that there was a dichotomy of opinion between the left and the right in Imperial Japan during its expansionist agenda by characterizing Manchukuo as a vision of eastern modernity that the left found “genuinely inspirational” (Erik Esselstrom). The source can be found in the UVic library in hard copy under the calling code D810 P7J345
[667] Naoyuki, Umemori. "The Historical Contexts of the Incident." In Masako Gavin and Ben Middleton ed. Japan and the High Treason Incident. New York: Routledge Publishing, 2013.
[664] Mackie, Vera. "Introduction." In Masako Gavin and Ben Middleton ed. Japan and the High Treason Incident. New York: Routledge Publishing, 2013.
[223] Middleton, Ben, and Gavin Masako. Japan and the High Treason Incident. Milton Park: Routledge, 2013.
The book covers the events of the initial incident and then the lasting impacts it had on Japanese politics and society. It will provide a great base for establishing the facts surrounding the actions of the "anarchists," the governmental reaction, and the reaction of wider society.
[325] Felton, Mark. The Devil's Doctors: Japanese Human Experiments on Allied Prisoners of War. London: Casemate Publishers, 2012.
The book references excerpts of the “Diary of Major Robert Peaty”. Major Peaty was a British POW detained in Mukden who wrote meticulous records of what the scientists did to him and his fellow POW. The references bring better insight to how the POW was treated, what they were told about the experiments and the death rates correlate to whenever they were given something. The book illustrates the neglect and abuse the scientists inflicted, the labour and torture the POW were forced to endure, the calorie intake of the POW, and finally the release of the POW after the end of the war. - gkwon
[464] Gates, Rustin. "Solving the "Manchurian Problem": Uchida Yasuya and Japanese Foreign Affairs before the Second World War." Diplomacy & Statecraft 23, no. 1 (2012): 23-43.
[461] Hoffman, Michael. "The Taisho Era: When Modernity Ruled Japan's Masses." Japan Times (2012).
Published July 29
[288] Smith, Norman, and James Flath. Beyond Suffering: Recounting War in Modern China. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011.
Another of Norman Smith’s works, Resisting Manchukuo has been described as a “pathbreaking book” that provides a social history of Chinese woman writers during the occupation of Northern China. The significance of this work is in its examination of Japanese censorship and repression in Manchukuo; a state that was heralded by many as the picture of modernization in Asia. By providing accounts of prominent feminist individuals within Machukuo the source gives unique insight into Japanese imperialism and its mechanisms. This source can be found in the UVic library in hard copy under the calling code PL2278 S585 - Jordanhilderman
[508] World War II: Internment of Japanese Americans. The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/8/world-war-ii-internment-of-japanese-americans/100132/), 2011.
Alan’s work is a photo essay published in The Atlantic on the internment of Japanese-Americans. The essay is useful as it gives an revealing caption for each photograph with the date and place in which it was took, giving us important details on how to analyze the photographs.  Like the previous photo collections, this gives us a useful resource in forming a multi-media presentation on everyday life during war. Available online
[648] Nie, Jing. Japan's Wartime Medical Atrocities: Comparative Inquiries in Science, History, and Ethics In Unit 731 and the Japanese Imperial Army’s Biological Warfare Program. London: Routledge, 2010.
[273] Witness to War: Ichiro Koyama., 2009.
 This interview, and the accompanying article, is of a Japanese army veteran relating some of his experiences while he was fighting in China. This is part of a series by the Japan Times in which they interview different Japanese survivors and veterans (including a sailor) of World War Two and ask them about their experiences. The interview can be found on and the article and other interviews can be found on the Japan Times website.
[436] Howard, John. Concentration Camps on the Home Front Japanese Americans in the House of Jim Crow. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
This Book seeks to explore the internment of Japanese-Americans from a new angle of scholarly study by understanding the history of the War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps through the lens of critical race theory, feminist theory and an analysis of the socioeconomic conditions of Japanese-Americans.  This scholarship can prove useful in exploring the impacts of racism on Japanese-Americans not only as a whole but also through class and gender differences.  This analysis of racial hierarchies in American society would allow use to create a more complete picture of how race impacted the decision to intern people. - WBischoff
[373] Hayashi, Brian Masaru. Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2008.
[462] Benson, John. "The Development and Structure of Japanese Enterprise Unions." The Asia-Pacific Journal (2008).
[643] Kiyoshi, Kiyosawa. A Diary of Darkness: The Wartime Diary of Kiyosawa Kiyoshi. Princeton: Princeton University Press , 2008.
[458] Stockwin, J. A. A.. Governing Japan: Divided Politics in a Resurgent Economy. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
[435] Murray, Alice Yang. Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008.
This book seeks to use both oral and written accounts of the intern of Japanese-Americans to present how history impacted these people through their personal narratives and to explore numerous historical themes present in the intern of people.  Also collected for this work is a massive list of figures and statistics on the internment camps.  These list especially on the location and population statistics on Japanese-Americans are crucial to the multi-media presentation part of the Japanese History Project.  Thus a map of the location of WRA camps and the movement of people can be made. - WBischoff
[438] Soga, Keiho. Life behind Barbed Wire the World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawaiʻi Issei. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2008.
Keiho’s work is based on the translated account of an interned first generation Japanese citizen (called an Issei).  The work’s main focus is to tell a different story of the internment of Japanese people, most of the narratives and research has been on second generation Japanese-Americans on the American continent, Issei are a Japanese citizen and therefore is treated harshly by his American captors.  The personal narrative aspect of the story could prove to be useful for the research question, Issei face a very present and active form of racial abuse during his imprisonment, thus relating to the theme of how nativism impacted the internship of Japanese-Americans. - WBischoff
[280] McCallum, Jack Edward. Military Medicine from Ancient Times to the 21st Century. Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, 2008.
[488] Postman, Allard. League of Nations Anachronous Map. The Netherlands: Wikimedia Foundation, 2007.
Postman, Allard. "League of Nations Anachronous Map." Wikimedia. Last modified March 13, 2014. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:League_of_Nations_Anachronous_Map.PNG. This source provides a multimedia map which shows the status of the Countries during the time of the League of Nations and whether they joined, left, or if they never joined at all. This relates with my topic nicely and sets the context of the world at the time. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.  Available on Wikipeida
[682] Shin'ichi, Yamamuro, and Joshua A. Fogel. Manchuria under Japanese Domination. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.
[467] Samuels, Richard J.. Encyclopedia of United States National Security. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005.
[672] Fugita, Stephen and Marily. Altered Lives, Enduring Community Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.
[642] Yamamoto, Mari. Grassroots Pacifism in Post-War Japan: The Rebirth of a Nation. London: Routledge, 2004.
[638] Japanese Soldier on Guadalcanal., 2004.
I was unable to find the original source of this image so I referenced it from ww2db.com. The image is really good.