Seiji Shirane is an Assistant Professor of History at the City College of New York (CUNY). He received history degrees from Yale University (BA) and Princeton University (PhD) and his work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
How does one write the history of an empire? One approach is to focus on plans made in a metropole and carried out by armies and colonial officials in nearby or distant locales. Another highlights struggles in those targeted locales carried out by people threatened by imperial actions. And yet another combines a top-down concern […]
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