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Bill Sewell <email@example.com>
Saint Mary's University
I am currently working on a monograph-length local history of the city of Changchun (Jilin Province, PRC) during the first half of the twentieth century, focusing especially on alterations to the built environment. This research has produced numerous lines of inquiry, including issues involving architecture, urban planning, health, education, migration, and economic development (especially--but not limited to--the soybean trade). Underlying all is a concern for the evolving nature of Japanese colonial society as apparent in this one city and how those efforts interacted with the process of creating modernity and instigating an autonomous foreign policy at home in Japan.
|Address:||Department of History
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-NEAsia
List Editor for H-NEAsia
Reviewer for H-Japan
Reviewer for H-US-Japan
Associate Professor of History, Saint Mary's University, 2004 to present
Assistant Professor of History, Saint Mary's University, 2000 to 2004
Visiting Research Scholar, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kokusai Nihon bunka kenkyu senta [Nichibunken]), Kyoto, Japan, 2002-03
Vice-Director, Northeast Asia Research Centre, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, August 2003 to the present
Ph.D., Japanese History, University of British Columbia, 2000
MA, Chinese History, University of California, Davis, 1987
BS, History, Linguistics, Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1983
"Reconsidering the Modern in Japanese History: Modernity in the Service of the Prewar Japanese Empire," Japan Review 16 (2004), pp. 213-58
"Kyuu Manshuu ni okeru senzen Nihon no machizukuri katsudou" (Prewar Japanese City Making in Manchuria), Nichibunken Foramu (Nichibunken Forum) No. 160, November 2003
"Postwar Japan and Manchuria," pp. 97-119 in David Edgington, ed., Joining Past and Future: Japan at the Dawn of the Millennium, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2003.
"Railway Outpost and Puppet Capital: Urban Expressions of Japanese Imperialism in Changchun, 1905-1945," pp. 283-298 in Martin Bunton, Gregory Blue, and Ralph Crozier, eds., Colonialism and the Modern World, Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 2002.
"Japanese Imperialism and Civic Construction in Manchuria: Changchun, 1905-1945," unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, University of British Columbia, 2000.
Numerous conference papers and book reviews.
CURRENT TEACHING DUTIES
Survey of East Asian History
China before 1800
China in Revolution, 1800-1949
China since 1949
Japan before 1800
The Rise and Fall of Imperial Japan, 1800-1945
Japan since 1945
The Emergence of Modern Korea
Survey of Modern Vietnam
senior seminars in urban history, imperialism in East Asia, the creation of modernity in East Asia, Manchuria