F308 Fall 2018 Aftershocks of World War II in Asia: Japan, China, India, and Korea
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Sept. 19–Oct. 3
Instructor: Donald M. Bishop
Japan’s surrender in 1945 brought World War II to its formal end, but an event of such violence, magnitude, and reach set in motion profound changes—indeed shocks—in its aftermath. Japan was changed by the defeat and the American occupation. A civil war in China resulted in a Communist victory and the rule of Chairman Mao. The United Kingdom gave up its rule in India, and many lives were lost in the partition that followed. The initial postwar division of Korea between Soviet and American zones of occupation became permanent, and war followed in 1950. After reviewing the course of World War II in Asia, we will review these four case studies and how they continue to shape our own times more than seven decades later.
Donald Bishop is Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University. In the Air Force, he taught history at the US Air Force Academy. During 31 years in the foreign service, his assignments included Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and China.