World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence

Debating Collaboration and Complicity in War Crimes Trials in Asia, 1945-1956

Editors: von Lingen, Kerstin (Ed.)

  • Examines the war crime trials that took place in Asia following the Second World War
  • Assesses the scale and importance of the issues of collaboration and responsibility in these trials
  • Brings together research from both eminent and emerging scholars in the fields of historical and legal studies
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This innovative volume examines the nexus between war crimes trials and the pursuit of collaborators in post-war Asia. Global standards of behaviour in time of war underpinned the prosecution of Japanese military personnel in Allied courts in Asia and the Pacific. Japan’s contradictory roles in the Second World War as brutal oppressor of conquered regions in Asia and as liberator of Asia from both Western colonialism and stultifying tradition set the stage for a tangled legal and political debate: just where did colonized and oppressed peoples owe their loyalties in time of war? And where did the balance of responsibility lie between individuals and nations? But global standards jostled uneasily with the pluralism of the Western colonial order in Asia, where legal rights depended on race and nationality. In the end, these limits led to profound dissatisfaction with the trials process, despite its vast scale and ambitious intentions, which has implications until today.

About the authors

Kerstin von Lingen is Researcher and Lecturer at Heidelberg University, Germany, in the ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ Cluster of Excellence. Since 2013, she has led an independent research group, ‘Transcultural Justice: Legal Flows and the Emergence of International Justice within the East Asian War Crimes Trials, 1945-1954’. She is the 2016 laureate of the International Chair for the History of the Second World War, awarded by the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • War Crimes Trials in Asia: Collaboration and Complicity in the Aftermath of War

    von Lingen, Kerstin (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

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  • Koreans in the Trials of Japanese War Crimes Suspects

    Wilson, Sandra

    Pages 19-40

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  • Defining Colonial “War Crimes”: Korean Debates on Collaboration, War Reparations, and the International Military Tribunal for the Far East

    Choi, Deokhyo

    Pages 41-59

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  • Oaths of Allegiance in the Singapore Trials

    Ling, CHEAH Wui

    Pages 61-78

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  • Puppets, Profiteers and Traitors: Defining Wartime Collaboration in the Dutch East Indies, 1945–1949

    Zwinkels, Esther

    Pages 79-104

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Debating Collaboration and Complicity in War Crimes Trials in Asia, 1945-1956
Editors
  • Kerstin von Lingen
Series Title
World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53141-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53141-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53140-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 185
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