Japan accepted the allied demand for unconditional surrender on 15 August 1945. Rather than focusing on just Japan and the USA or seeing Japan’s surrender as the definite end of the Second World War, in this lecture, Hans van de Ven examines the complex politics of surrender as various parties in China, Indonesia, and India negotiated this crucial event. He will argue that while the surrenders signified the definite end of European imperialism, it also saw the beginning of struggles for dominance of forces in each country that had grown strong and had begun to compete with each other during the Second World War in each of these three countries.
About the Speaker:
Hans van de Ven was educated at Leiden University in The Netherlands and Harvard University in the USA. He has spent all of his teaching years at Cambridge University, using his sabbaticals to live and research in Taiwan and China. He has written on the history of the communist revolution in China, China’s military history, and China’s globalization. His most recent books are China at War (Profile 2017/Harvard University Press 2018) and The Chinese Communist Party: A Century in Ten Lives (Cambridge University Press, 2021).
About the Moderator:
Madhavi Thampi is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, and former editor of its journal China Report. She was an Associate Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies in Delhi University, where she taught Chinese History. Her publications include the monograph Indians in China, 1800-1949 (2005). She has also co-authored (with Brij Tankha) Narratives of Asia from India, Japan and China (2005), as well as a book entitled China and the Making of Bombay (with Shalini Saksena, 2009). She edited the volume India and China in the Colonial World (2005, 2010). She recently coordinated a project to catalogue materials related to modern China in the National Archives of India, and is working on a history of relations between India and China during World War II based on archival materials.
About the Chair:
Sreemati Chakrabarti, Editor, China Report and Chairperson of the Institute of Chinese Studies, is former Professor of Chinese Studies at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. She has also been Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi; Head of the Department of East Asian Studies for three terms and Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies (2009-2012). She has a Master’s degree in Regional Studies- East Asia from Harvard University and holds a Doctorate in Political Science from Columbia University. She has authored three books: China and the Naxalites, Mao, China’s Intellectuals and the Cultural Revolution and a National Book Trust volume titled China. She has also edited Higher Education in China: Select Perspectives and co-edited Taiwan Today. In 2010 she was conferred the “China-India Friendship Award” by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
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