While there is a rich colonial literature on the record of European conflict in the region, interest in indigenous warfare was always second to preserving the record of the European experience, and what was written about indigenous warfare was usually specifically interested in putting a particular European campaign into perspective. Research after colonial rule tends to overcompensate the other way, putting overwhelming focus on what indigenous warfare consisted of. Attempts to reconstruct a region-wide history of warfare often present an artificial uniformity to practices and technologies which were in actuality quite varied five hundred years or so ago. In many of the wars Europeans fought against Southeast Asians, Southeast Asians were significant and willing collaborators against other Southeast Asians. More importantly, national warfare cultures are anachronisms that have virtually no meaning for the cultures of war as they existed several hundred years ago. Scholarly research on warfare in the region has usefully contributed frameworks, in which their publications have been divided up below, through which difficult data drawn from battles and campaigns that make understanding historical conflict in the region easier.
Precolonial Southeast Asian Military History - Military History - Oxford Bibliographies
Military History. Asian Military History. Tibet, which is closer to Central Asia than East Asia, is included here due to being a nation occupied by China. Wars and Conflicts Between Tibet and China. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. Korean War North Korean Nuclear Crisis.
Based on multi-archival research, it addresses a range of issues in the fraught relations of Japan, China, Russia, and the United States. Students of comparative history will find Paine's analytical framing particularly interesting. Bix, Binghamton University "The author has written a highly original and provocative work, organized around the thesis that 'nested' civil, regional, and international wars defined East Asian politics and international relations over the first half of the twentieth century. By artful use of the latest Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and US primary and secondary sources, Professor Paine succeeds in showing how war changed the face of East Asia. A major intellectual contribution.
The war generated forces that would transform Asia both internally and externally. Asian participation transformed the meaning and implications of the broader conflict. The First World War was in fact a defining moment that shaped worldviews and developments across Asia.