Takashi Yoshida

Takashi Yoshida

Takashi YoshidaDr. Takashi Yoshida

Dr. Takashi Yoshida
Ph.D., Columbia University (2001)
Early Modern/Modern East Asia, Japan; War and Memory

Office: (269) 387-4635

4422 Friedmann Hall

Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334

I teach a range of courses in Japanese history at the undergraduate and graduate level. Those courses include "Modern Japan," "Japanese History through Film and Literature," "WWII in American and Japanese History," "Traditional Japan," and "WWII and Memory in Postwar Japan." I also teach an undergraduate survey course in world history.

In the past years, my research has focused on war and memory in the Pacific. In my first book, I examined how the perceptions of the Nanjing Massacre evolved in history writing and public memory in Japan, China, and the United States from 1937 to the present. This work was published by Oxford University Press in the spring of 2006. In my second, book, I examined various pacifism movements among ordinary citizens in postwar Japan and war/peace museums in China, Japan, and South Korea.  Both studies were sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute of Columbia University.

From Cultures of War to Cultures of Peace: War and Peace Museums in Japan, China, and South Korea. Maine: Merwin Asia, 2014.

The Making of the "Rape of Nanking": History and Memory in Japan, China, and the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Book Chapters:
“Can Patriotism Promote Peace?: The Role of Museums in Disseminating the History of Imperial Japan and Facilitating Reconciliation in East Asia,” The 6th International Conference of Museums of Peace (Kyoto: Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University, 2009), pp. 53-57.

"For the Nation or For the People?: History and Memory of the Nanjing Massacre in Japan," in The Power of Memory in Modern Japan, ed. Sven Saaler (Dorset: Global Oriental, 2008), pp. 17-31.

"Advancing or Obstructing Reconciliation?: Changes in History Education and Disputes over History Textbooks in Japan," in Teaching the Violent Past: History Education and Reconciliation, ed. Elizabeth Cole (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2007), pp. 51-79.

"Wartime Accounts of the Nanking Atrocity," in The Nanking Atrocity: Complicating the Picture, ed. Bob T. Wakabayashi (New York: Berghahn Books, 2007), pp. 248-64.

"Refighting the Nanking Massacre: The Continuing Struggle over Memory." In Nanking 1937: Memory and Healing, edited by Robert Sabella with a foreword by Perry Link, 154-80. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2002.

"Victors’ Justice or a Victory for Justice?: An Historical Analysis of the Tokyo War Crimes Trial." In Onrecht: Oorlog en Rechtvaardigheid in de Twintigste Eeuw (Twelfth Yearbook of the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation), edited by Madelon de Keizer, 84-104. Amsterdam: Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie, 2001.

"A Battle over History: The Nanjing Massacre in Japan." In The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography, edited by Joshua Fogel, 70-132. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.

This essay was translated and published in Japanese: "Rekishi o meguru tatakai: Nankin daigyakusatsu wa Nihon de dō mirarete kitaka." In Rekishigaku no naka no Nankin daigyakusatsu, translated by Okada Ryōnosuke, 101-63. Tokyo: Kashiwa shobō, 2000.


"Historiography of the Asia-Pacific War in Japan." Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence (June 2008).

"The Nanjing Massacre: Changing Contours of History and Memory in Japan, China, and the United States." Japan Focus (http://www.japanfocus.org/), (December 26, 2006).

"Anatomy of the Yūshūkan War Museum: Educating Japanese Youth?" IIAS (International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden University) Newsletter, special issue (October 2005).

"A War Over Words: Changing Descriptions of Nanjing in Japanese History Textbooks," Asian Cultural Studies 14, Special Issue (March 2005), 59-71.

"Whom Should We Remember?: Japanese Museums of War and Peace," Journal of Museum Education 29: 2&3 (Spring-Summer/Fall 2004), 16-20.

"History Textbooks: For Whom and For What Purpose?" Asian Studies Newsletter 45:4 (Winter 2000), pp. 13-14.

"I Will Live Strong: New York Japanese American Experience During World War II," Japanese American National Museum Quarterly (Summer 1998): pp. 9-13.


Department of History
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Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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