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 AsiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Transformation (Routledge), Asian Voices, World Social Change, and War and Peace Library (Rowman & Littlefield), and Asic-Pacific (M. E. Sharpe).