At the edge of empire: the Japanese army in Rehe (Jehol) in the early 1930s

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This chapter examines the expansion of imperial Japan in Rehe/Jehol in the wake of the founding of Manchukuo in the early 1930s, and it presents an array of texts and strategies used by Japanese propaganda to transform perceptions of Asian spaces and solidify Japanese empire-building by redefining the human geography and history of parts of China. The production of knowledge geared towards political goals is an important aspect of ethnographic and geographic writings produced in a military context. Utilizing travel logs, operational reports, liaison records, and soldiers’ diaries of the Japanese army in Rehe as a lens, this chapter demonstrates the relevance of travel writings as sources not only for medieval and early modern history but also for the study of intra-Asian modern imperial gazes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTravel writings on Asia
Subtitle of host publicationcuriosity, identities, and knowledge across the East, c. 1200 to the Present
EditorsChristian Mueller, Matteo Salonia
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter 9
ISBN (Print)9789811901232
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies
PublisherSpringer Nature Singapore


  • Manchukuo
  • Twentieth-Century Asia
  • Imperial Japan
  • Military History
  • Geographic Knowledge


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