Virtual Book Launch: Revolution Goes East

Revolution Goes East: Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism

Thursday, September 17 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Online Event

Admission: Free

Revolution Goes East is an intellectual history that applies a novel global perspective to the classic story of the rise of communism and the various reactions it provoked in Imperial Japan. The book’s author, Tatiana Linkhoeva, an Assistant Professor in the History Department at NYU, demonstrates how contemporary discussions of the Russian Revolution, its containment, and the issue of imperialism played a fundamental role in shaping Imperial Japan’s society and politics.

Joining Linkhoeva is Professor Louise Young of the History Department at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Seiji Shirane, Assistant Professor, History Department, CUNY, will serve as moderator.

The NYU Center for the Humanities is co-sponsoring this event with The Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, East Asian Department, History Department.

From the Publisher, Cornell University Press

In this bold approach, Linkhoeva explores attitudes toward the Soviet Union and the communist movement among the Japanese military and politicians, as well as interwar leftist and rightist intellectuals and activists. Her book draws on extensive research in both published and archival documents, including memoirs, newspaper and journal articles, political pamphlets, and Comintern archives. Revolution Goes East presents us with a compelling argument that the interwar Japanese Left replicated the Orientalist outlook of Marxism-Leninism in its relationship with the rest of Asia, and that this proved to be its undoing. Furthermore, Linkhoeva shows that Japanese imperial anticommunism was based on geopolitical interests for the stability of the empire rather than on fear of communist ideology.”

You can purchase the book in paperback or download the electronic version for free.

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