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Wartime Globalization in Asia, 1937-1945, Conflicted Connections, and Convergences

Frost, MR; Schumacher, D; (2017) Wartime Globalization in Asia, 1937-1945, Conflicted Connections, and Convergences. Modern Asian Studies , 51 (6) pp. 1922-1935. 10.1017/S0026749X17000063. Green open access

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Abstract

Given war's propensity for trampling over and demolishing borders—its literal, one might even say primordial, function as a motor of deterritorialization and reterritorialization—the scant scholarly attention paid to it as a globalizing force remains surprising. An extensive body of literature has responded to the complex role of globalization in the making, as well as the supposed unmaking, of conflict. Liberal economists and political theorists, in an intellectual lineage that dates back to the writings of the European Enlightenment, have made bold claims about global economic integration and the emergence of a ‘capitalist peace’. Critics of their arguments have pointed to the Western imperial violence which, from the mid-eighteenth century on, cleared the ground (and perhaps, more importantly, the seas) to make way for the so-called ‘free’ market world economy, a process which established several of those fundamental worldwide inequalities that have been perpetuated to this day. The hard evidence of a more recent past makes a mockery of the presumption that global capitalist enterprises such as Starbucks and McDonalds might bring about some kind of Big Mac and Frappuccino-mediated universal fraternity. Critical observers of globalization during the ‘Noughties’ (2000–2010) now recognize it as both one of the most interconnected decades in world history, and also one of the bloodiest

Type: Article
Title: Wartime Globalization in Asia, 1937-1945, Conflicted Connections, and Convergences
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0026749X17000063
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X17000063
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106045
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