Kurt Radtke, born in Tübingen, Germany, in 1945. Ph.D. from the Australian National University, Canberra. Professor of Modern Japanese History at Leiden University.
Fellow (1 September 1995 – 30 June 1996)
The starting point of my research project was the desire to explore new methodological possibilities in the combined use of distinct disciplinary approaches in the analysis of security and stability of East Asia in its international context since 1991. This required a rethinking of the current relevance of ‘modernisation’ and ‘decolonisation’ in issues such as Japanese (economic) co-operation with China, and the Taiwan crisis. The completion of my translation from Japanese of Yoda Yoshiie’s comparative study of Chinese and Japanese modernisation Foundations of Japanese Modernisation, in Comparison with China’s Path Towards Modernisation (Leiden 1996) provided the historical paradigm; my essay “The development of the nation state, and current patterns of integration in Europe and Asia” will appear in a Festschrift in 1997.
My essay “Oost-Azië op de drempel naar de eenentwintigste eeuw” (Internationale Spectator (July/August 1996)) will be revised and published in English in Journal of Pacific Asia (December 1996) as “East Asia on the threshold to the twenty-first century”.
The themes dealt with will reappear in my contribution to the joint publication of our theme group, K.W. Radtke and J. Stam, eds., “Dynamics in Pacific Asia. Conflict, Competition and Co-operation — Opportunities for Europe” (to appear by April 1997), and also in my forthcoming book on the global context of international relations in East Asia. Main sources consulted were sources in Chinese and Japanese, partly through Internet, and professional analyses by Japanese, Chinese and non-Asian scholars