July 24: Lori Watt on Decolonization and the U.S. Occupation of Japan

On Tuesday, July 24 at 4 p.m., Lori Watt, Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis, will discuss the intersection of defeat, foreign occupation, and decolonization at the end of the Japanese Empire in the aftermath of the Second World War. She will explain the role of the Allies in 1945, who stood between the Japanese colonizers and colonized as Japan negotiated the dismantling of its empire. Watt will discuss the social and diplomatic ramifications of Allied involvement which both complicated and simplified Japanese decolonization. She attends to this topic in her book When Empire Comes Home: Repatriation and Reintegration in Postwar Japan.

The talk will take place at the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building in room LJ119. A light reception will follow. There is no cost, nor is there any need to reserve a seat. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Seventh International Seminar on Decolonization, organized by the National History Center of the American Historical Association, hosted by the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, and generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information, please refer to the attached flyers:
July 24: Lori Watt

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