I am currently working on two book projects. One is a political and social history of warfare in modern East Asia (Cambridge), and the second is a survey of twentieth century global history (Blackwell).
A survey of main developments in world history from the early 20th century to the 1990s. Topics include international relations, the emergence and impact of major political ideologies, and the dynamics of social and economic change in the developed and developing world. Specific subjects include the imperialist world order at the beginning of the century; the First World War and its impact; the emergence of communism, fascism and National Socialism; the Second World War; the struggles for national self-assertion in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America; the Cold War and its impact on the Third World; the collapse of the Soviet empire, and the end of the Cold War. The course consists of two hours of lectures and one discussion group per week. Evaluations are based on written work, examinations and participation in class discussion.