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Prize winning author and history Frank Dikotter's latest offering dealing with the period 1945 - 1957

Female Chinese guerilla fighter armed with a Mauser C96 handgun, circa 1939

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Considering that the Japanese army during WWII starved & killed Allied prisoners, this shows true compassion for another human being. Australian stretcher bearers help a Japanese prisoner with malaria captured near Nauro in 1942.

When Li Ling-Ai met Rey Scott in 1937, she was learning to fly a plane with the intention of helping the Chinese War effort. Apparently she wasn't the only Chinese female with that idea.

Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki,http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461353/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_5OUdtb1WXCK8S64B

"India Must Be Freed" Holland c. 1945

In a brisk revisionist history, William T. Rowe challenges the standard narrative of Qing China as a decadent, inward-looking state that failed to keep pace with the modern West. This original, thought-provoking history of China's last empire is a must-read for understanding the challenges facing China today.

Over the past 250 years of momentous change and dramatic upheaval, China has proved itself to be a Restless Empire. Tracing China’s course from the eighteenth-century Qing Dynasty to today’s People’s Republic, Restless Empire shows how the country’s worldview has evolved. It explains how Chinese attitudes have been determined by both receptiveness and resistance to outside influence and presents the preoccupations that have set its foreign-relations agenda.

Singapore. Indian soldiers were all volunteers during WWII. They formed a force of 2 million by 1945.