Know Your Enemy <i>The Creation of a Discourse of Nationalist Resistance, 1931–1933</i>

Rana Mitter

in The Manchurian Myth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221116
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923881 | DOI:
Know Your Enemy The Creation of a Discourse of Nationalist Resistance, 1931–1933

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The Northeastern National Salvation Society (NNSS) made its position known chiefly through its journal (National Salvation Journal), which appeared fortnightly between early 1932 and mid-1933. The NNSS was attempting to make Manchurian crisis a national issue, and one should not ignore the significance of geography as a factor in the difficulties of “nationalization.” The activists failed in their immediate aim: Manchuria stayed under Japanese control until 1945. The Manchurian crisis was informed by resistancialism. The construction of that memory was not retroactive but contemporaneous with the events concerned, although at a distance from them. The debt the activists owed to this thought, and to late Qing and early Republican journalism, explains in part why they chose to use a language based on nationalism. The NNSS tied their propaganda strategy firmly to the resistance armies and specifically to the image they created of those armies in dealing with the issue of the occupation.

Keywords: Manchurian crisis; resistancialism; Qing; nationalism; propaganda

Chapter.  13476 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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