The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War

This online companion to our print book, The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War  includes a rich multimedia collection of maps, videos, timelines, and teaching strategies that place the Nanjing Atrocities within the larger context of World War II in East Asia.

The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War online companion to our print book includes a rich multimedia collection of maps, videos, timelines, and teaching strategies that place the Nanjing Atrocities within the larger context of World War II in East Asia, and will challenge students to consider the complex questions this history raises about wartime violence, justice, and memory.

Among the guiding questions are the following:

  • What is the relationship between war and war crimes?
  • Were there developments in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century China and Japan that foreshadow the possibility of war atrocities during World War II?
  • Why did some members of the Japanese Imperial Army perpetrate some of the most barbaric and violent acts during World War II?
  • How was sexual violence and rape used as a weapon of war in China?
  • What are the contemporary legacies of judgment and historical memories of the Nanjing Atrocities?

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This site brings together readings, videos, images, and questions to help guide educators and adult learners through this challenging content.The site is organized into four main sections, plus an educator area where specific teaching strategies are identified for use in classrooms along with connection questions for the book.

 

The Educator section of the website include classroom resources to teach about the Nanjing Atrocities within the larger context of World War II in Asia. Find teaching strategies, lesson activities and connection questions to further deepen their use of the content within the classroom.

The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War

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This resource details the events that unfolded in China and Japan in the years leading up to World War II and the war crimes known today as the Nanjing Atrocities.

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