Carnegie Mellon University

Book Symposiym: Ricky W. Law

Book Symposiym: Ricky W. Law

Transnational Nazism: Idelogy and Culture in German-Japanese Relations, 1919-1936

Friday, November 1st

4:00–4:30 Reception, 4:30–6:00 Symposium
Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136-A

At first glance, Nazi Germany and militarist Japan seemed fundamentally incompatible in their outlooks and actions. But they admired each other enough to forge an alliance before World War II. How did some Japanese and Germans become mutual boosters in the 1920s and 1930s? Ricky Law argues in his new book that the worldview "transnational Nazism" united some in Germany and Japan in a shared ideological community. Using mass media sources, Law traces the cultural origins of interwar Japanese-German convergence and highlights the significance of Nazism's durability and flexibility for our world.

Author and discussants:

  • Ricky W. Law, Associate Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Sheldon Garon, Nissan Professor in Japanese Studies and Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University
  • John Eicher, Assistant Professor of History, Penn State Altoona