The Nanjing Massacre and Sino-Japanese Relations

Examining the Japanese 'Illusion' School

Authors: Li, Xiaofei

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  • Examines the claims and controversy surrounding the ‘Nanjing Massacre’ of 1937-1938
  • Weighs up the arguments and evidence of the Japanese 'Illusion School', which denies the truth of the Nanjing Massacre claims
  • Offers an independent and evidence driven perspective on the events of the 'Massacre'
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Based on extensive research on the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, this book closely examines the claims and controversy surrounding the ‘Nanjing Massacre’, a period of murder in 1937-1938 committed by Japanese troops against the residents of Nanjing (Nanking), after the capture of the then capital of the Republic of China, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Focusing on weighing up arguments denying Nanjing Massacre, this book considers the Japanese ‘Illusion’ school of thought which contests the truth of the Nanjing Massacre claims, including the death toll and the scale of the violence. The Nanjing Massacre remains a controversial issue in Sino-Japanese relations, despite the normalization of bilateral relations, and this book goes to great lengths to examine the events through comparative narratives, investigating different perspectives and contributings to the debate from the extensive research of the Tokyo Trial Research Centre at Shanghai, as well as volumes of Chinese and Japanese historical documents.

About the authors

Zhaoqi ​Cheng is the professor and director of Tokyo Trial Research Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Chen is long engaged in the Tokyo Trial research and has published a number of monographs. Chen serves as the chief editor of the book series Collection of the Tokyo Trial Studies and the supervisor of the publishing project: A Collection of Court Exhibits of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East—Index and Appendix.
Zhaoqi Cheng is currently hosting a special project collecting, organizing and digitalizing trial documents of Japanese war criminals, which is part of the central-government-funded special studies on the Anti-Japanese War, and the Tokyo International Military Tribunal, a key project of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He is also in charge of compiling and publishing of the bibliographical index of the Tokyo Trial as well as the Tokyo Trial Series, a key publication project of the 12th Five-Year-Plan. And Mr. Cheng is the author of several books including Existing Japanese Historical Documents on Nanjing Massacre, Essays on History from Qiyang Studio and A History of War Crimes Trials in Post 1945 Asia-Pacific.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)
  • Who Made Up the “Lies”—An Analysis on Japanese Annual of the Japan Association for Nanjing Studies

    Pages 3-37

    Cheng, Zhaoqi

  • A Study of the Bearing and Discipline of the Japanese Army Invading China—Taking the 10th Army as an Example

    Pages 39-79

    Cheng, Zhaoqi

  • Re-evaluation of Iwane Matsui’s War Guilt—Verifications of One of the Testimonies on the Nanjing Massacre Given by the Defendants at the Tokyo War Crimes Trials

    Pages 81-114

    Cheng, Zhaoqi

  • A Study of the Massacre Order for Japanese Troops

    Pages 115-138

    Cheng, Zhaoqi

  • Is the Nanjing Massacre a Fabrication Made by Tokyo Trial?

    Pages 139-191

    Cheng, Zhaoqi

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Nanjing Massacre and Sino-Japanese Relations
Book Subtitle
Examining the Japanese 'Illusion' School
Authors
Translated by
Yang, F.
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-7887-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-7887-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-7886-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 548
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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