Colloquium: Mark Selden on the American Way of War from the Pacific War to Iraq

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa Glob­al Stud­ies Focus Group Col­lo­qui­um will present a dis­cus­sion by Mark Selden of Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty titled “U.S. Bomb­ing Strat­e­gy, the Destruc­tion of Japan­ese Cities, and the Amer­i­can Way of War from the Pacif­ic War to Iraq” on Wednes­day, Octo­ber 10, 2007. The col­lo­qui­um, spon­sored by the UH Depart­ment of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence, World War II Work­ing Group, and Cen­ter for Chi­nese Stud­ies, will be held in Saun­ders Hall 624 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

World War II was a land­mark in the devel­op­ment and deploy­ment of tech­nolo­gies of mass destruc­tion asso­ci­at­ed with air pow­er. Selden’s talk will explore the log­ic and con­se­quences of new tech­nolo­gies and strate­gies of mass destruc­tion asso­ci­at­ed with the rise of air pow­er and bomb­ing tech­nol­o­gy. In World War II, the death toll from bomb­ing, the largest num­ber of vic­tims being civil­ians, was the largest in any war to the present. Par­tic­u­lar atten­tion will be giv­en to the path lead­ing major pow­ers to direct bomb­ing toward civil­ians and sub­se­quent prax­is and debate over bomb­ing in major wars in the Asia-Pacif­ic region down to the present.

Mark Selden taught soci­ol­o­gy at Bing­ham­ton Uni­ver­si­ty and after retir­ing moved to the Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty East Asia Pro­gram as a research asso­ciate. He has writ­ten and edit­ed more than fif­teen books on Chi­na and East Asia, includ­ing Rev­o­lu­tion, Resis­tance and Reform in Vil­lage Chi­na (Yale, 2005), Chi­nese Soci­ety (Rout­ledge, 2003), War and State Ter­ror­ism: The Unit­ed States, Japan and the Asia-Pacif­ic in the Long Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry (Row­man and Lit­tle­field, 2003), Islands of Dis­con­tent: Oki­nawan Respons­es to Japan­ese and Amer­i­can Pow­er (Row­man and Lit­tle­field, 2003), and The Yenan Way in Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Chi­na (Har­vard, 1971). He is the coör­di­na­tor of Japan Focus ejour­nal and book series edi­tor of Asia’s Trans­for­ma­tion (Rout­ledge), Asian Voic­es, World Social Change, and War and Peace Library (Row­man & Lit­tle­field), and Asic-Pacif­ic (M. E. Sharpe).