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18:00 - 19:30 10 February 2014
Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Rise of Japan: the British World during the Great War
Seminar Room 105 |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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Dr Jatinder Mann, Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London and an Associate Fellow in Canadian Studies at the UCL Institute of the Americas. He specialises in transnational and comparative history and politics, with a focus on Australia, Canada, and the British World. He has published articles in the Australian Journal of Politics and History, Nations and Nationalism and Commonwealth & Comparative Politics and has a forthcoming article in the International Journal of Canadian Studies. He has presented numerous conference and seminar papers in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. He was awarded his doctorate in history at The University of Sydney in 2011.
The question of Japan was a prominent issue amongst the British Dominions during the First World War following the military rise of Japan, as exemplified by its victory over Russia in 1905 - the first major defeat of a European power by an Asian one in the modern era. Consequently, nations that were in general proximity to Japan became extremely anxious over Japanese intentions and capabilities.
This paper will examine the way in which Australia, Canada, and New Zealand – all Dominions within the British Empire at the time - responded to the involvement of Japan in the war, particularly as an ally of the Empire. Furthermore, it will compare and contrast the various responses the three countries had towards the issue in a British World context. The differences between Canada on the one hand and Australia and New Zealand on the other are particularly enlightening.
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