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The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism

The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism
Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868–1961

  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108482424

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  • This innovative study demonstrates how Japanese empire-builders invented and appropriated the discourse of overpopulation to justify Japanese settler colonialism across the Pacific. Lu defines this overpopulation discourse as 'Malthusian expansionism'. This was a set of ideas that demanded additional land abroad to accommodate the supposed surplus people in domestic society on the one hand and emphasized the necessity of national population growth on the other. Lu delineates ideological ties, human connections and institutional continuities between Japanese colonial migration in Asia and Japanese migration to Hawaii and North and South America from 1868 to 1961. He further places Malthusian expansionism at the center of the logic of modern settler colonialism, challenging the conceptual division between migration and settler colonialism in global history. This title is also available as Open Access.

    • Examines the nexus between Japanese colonial expansion in Asia and Japanese migration to Hawaii and the Americas
    • Analyzes the discourse of 'Malthusian expansionism' and places it at the center of the logic of modern settler colonialism
    • Reveals how Japanese expansion developed in tandem with the history of Anglo-American settler colonialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
    • This title is also available as Open Access
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    'Brilliantly researched and conceptually sophisticated, this book offers a new interpretation of Malthusianism and will have a huge impact on the way we think about Japanese migration while complicating the divide between studies of the Japanese empire and Japanese immigration to the US, Hawaii, Latin America and other locations in Asia-Pacific.' Takashi Fujitani, University of Toronto

    'The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism offers a bold new synthesis of the histories of Japanese imperialism and diaspora. It shows vividly how Japanese ideologues from the late nineteenth century straight through until after World War II were driven by anxieties about overpopulation and by the ideology of race competition.' Jordan Sand, Georgetown University, Washington DC

    'Sidney Lu's wonderful new book delves into the history of Japanese migration and its relation to the quest for power on the world stage. It's the story of a nation's fixation with overpopulation: how Malthusianism gained traction in the 1860s and why it flamed out in the 1950s. This is an important addition to the literature on Japanese empire and settler colonialism.' Louise Young, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108482424
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Malthusian Expansion and settler colonialism: Japan in global history
    Part I. Emergence (1868–1894):
    1. Japanese settler colonialism in Hokkaido and North America and the rise of Malthusian expansionism
    2. Chinese exclusion in the US and the Japanese expansion to the South Seas Hawaiʻi and Latin America
    Part II. Transformation (1894–1924):
    3. The first Sino-Japanese War and the Japanese labor migration to the US
    4. Japanese rice cultivation in Texas and the paradigm shift of Malthusian expansionism
    5. 'Carrying the white man's burden': the Japanese American enlightenment campaign and the rise of Japanese farmer migration to Brazil
    Part III. Culmination (1924–1945):
    6. The marriage of Malthusian expansionism and Japanese agrarianism and the creation of the migration state
    7. Nagano migration and the illusion of co-existence and co-prosperity in Japanese settler colonialism in Brazil and Manchuria
    Part IV. Resurgence (1945–1961):
    8. The resurgence of Japanese migration to South America and the decline of Malthusian expansionism
    Conclusion: re-thinking migration and settler colonialism in the modern world.

  • Author

    Sidney Xu Lu, Michigan State University
    Sidney Xu Lu is Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University.

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