New Release Books by Robert Cribb

Robert Cribb is the author of The Tokyo Tribunal: Perspectives on Law, History and Memory (2020), Japanese War Criminals (2017), Wild Man from Borneo (2017), Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia, 1590-2010 (2014) and other 12 books.

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The Tokyo Tribunal: Perspectives on Law, History and Memory

release date: Oct 27, 2020
The Tokyo Tribunal: Perspectives on Law, History and Memory
The ‘International Military Tribunal for the Far East’ (IMTFE), held in Tokyo from May 1946 to November 1948, was a landmark event in the development of modern international criminal law. The trial in Tokyo was a complex undertaking and international effort to hold individuals accountable for core international crimes and delivering justice. The Tribunal consisted of 11 judges and respective national prosecution teams from 11 countries, and a mixed Japanese–American team of defence lawyers. The IMTFE indicted 28 Japanese defendants, amongst them former prime ministers, cabinet ministers, military leaders, and diplomats, based on a 55-count indictment pertaining to crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The judgment was not unanimous, with one majority judgment, two concurring opinions, and three dissenting opinions. The trial and the outcome were the subject of significant controversy and the Tribunal’s files were subsequently shelved in the archives. While its counterpart in Europe, the ‘International Military Tribunal’ (IMT) at Nuremberg, has been at the centre of public and scholarly interest, the Tokyo Tribunal has more recently gained international scholarly attention. This volume combines perspectives from law, history, and the social sciences to discuss the legal, historical, political and cultural significance of the Tokyo Tribunal. The collection is based on an international conference marking the 70th anniversary of the judgment of the IMTFE, which was held in Nuremberg in 2018. The volume features reflections by eminent scholars and experts on the establishment and functioning of the Tribunal, procedural and substantive issues as well as receptions and repercussions of the trial.

Japanese War Criminals

release date: Feb 14, 2017
Japanese War Criminals
Beginning in late 1945, the United States, Britain, China, Australia, France, the Netherlands, and later the Philippines, the Soviet Union, and the People's Republic of China convened national courts to prosecute Japanese military personnel for war crimes. The defendants included ethnic Koreans and Taiwanese who had served with the armed forces as Japanese subjects. In Tokyo, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East tried Japanese leaders. While the fairness of these trials has been a focus for decades, Japanese War Criminals instead argues that the most important issues arose outside the courtroom. What was the legal basis for identifying and detaining subjects, determining who should be prosecuted, collecting evidence, and granting clemency after conviction? The answers to these questions helped set the norms for transitional justice in the postwar era and today contribute to strategies for addressing problematic areas of international law. Examining the complex moral, ethical, legal, and political issues surrounding the Allied prosecution project, from the first investigations during the war to the final release of prisoners in 1958, Japanese War Criminals shows how a simple effort to punish the guilty evolved into a multidimensional struggle that muddied the assignment of criminal responsibility for war crimes. Over time, indignation in Japan over Allied military actions, particularly the deployment of the atomic bombs, eclipsed anger over Japanese atrocities, and, among the Western powers, new Cold War imperatives took hold. This book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of the construction of the postwar international order in Asia and to our comprehension of the difficulties of implementing transitional justice.

Wild Man from Borneo

release date: Jan 31, 2017
Wild Man from Borneo
Wild Man from Borneo offers the first comprehensive history of the human-orangutan encounter. Arguably the most humanlike of all the great apes, particularly in intelligence and behavior, the orangutan has been cherished, used, and abused ever since it was first brought to the attention of Europeans in the seventeenth century. The red ape has engaged the interest of scientists, philosophers, artists, and the public at large in a bewildering array of guises that have by no means been exclusively zoological or ecological. One reason for such a long-term engagement with a being found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra is that, like its fellow great apes, the orangutan stands on that most uncomfortable dividing line between human and animal, existing, for us, on what has been called "the dangerous edge of the garden of nature." Beginning with the scientific discovery of the red ape more than three hundred years ago, this work goes on to examine the ways in which its human attributes have been both recognized and denied in science, philosophy, travel literature, popular science, literature, theatre, museums, and film. The authors offer a provocative analysis of the origin of the name "orangutan," trace how the ape has been recruited to arguments on topics as diverse as slavery and rape, and outline the history of attempts to save the animal from extinction. Today, while human populations increase exponentially, that of the orangutan is in dangerous decline. The remaining "wild men of Borneo" are under increasing threat from mining interests, logging, human population expansion, and the widespread destruction of forests. The authors hope that this history will, by adding to our knowledge of this fascinating being, assist in some small way in their preservation.

Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia, 1590-2010

release date: Sep 02, 2014
Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia, 1590-2010
Four hundred years ago, indigenous peoples occupied the vast region that today encompasses Korea, Manchuria, the Mongolian Plateau, and Eastern Siberia. Over time, these populations struggled to maintain autonomy as Russia, China, and Japan sought hegemony over the region. Especially from the turn of the twentieth century onward, indigenous peoples pursued self-determination in a number of ways, and new states, many of them now largely forgotten, rose and fell as great power imperialism, indigenous nationalism, and modern ideologies competed for dominance. This atlas tracks the political configuration of Northeast Asia in ten-year segments from 1590 to 1890, in five-year segments from 1890 to 1960, and in ten-year segments from 1960 to 2010, delineating the distinct history and importance of the region. The text follows the rise and fall of the Qing dynasty in China, founded by the semi-nomadic Manchus; the Russian colonization of Siberia; the growth of Japanese influence; the movements of peoples, armies, and borders; and political, social, and economic developments—reflecting the turbulence of the land that was once the world's "cradle of conflict." Compiled from detailed research in English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Dutch, German, Mongolian, and Russian sources, the Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia incorporates information made public with the fall of the Soviet Union and includes fifty-five specially drawn maps, as well as twenty historical maps contrasting local and outsider perspectives. Four introductory maps survey the region's diverse topography, climate, vegetation, and ethnicity.

Digging Deeper

release date: Dec 10, 2014
Digging Deeper
Now it its third edition, Digging Deeper continues to offer Canadian journalism students the tools they need to enter the fast-paced world of investigative reporting. Written by a team of award-winning journalists, this comprehensive guide outlines how to develop story ideas, conductresearch, pitch stories, and turn raw information into compelling investigative reports for print, radio, television, and the Web.

Historical Atlas of Indonesia

release date: Feb 01, 2013
Historical Atlas of Indonesia
This pioneering volume traces the history of the region which became Indonesia, from early times to the present day, in over three hundred specially drawn full-colour maps with detailed accompanying text. In doing so, the Atlas brings fresh life to the fascinating and tangled history of this immense archipelago. Beginning with the geographical and ecological forces which have shaped the physical form of the archipelago, the Historical Atlas of Indonesia goes on to chart early human migration and the changing distribution of ethnic groups. It traces the kaleidoscopic pattern of states in early Indonesia and their gradual incorporation into the Netherlands Indies and eventually into the Republic of Indonesia.

Gangsters and Revolutionaries

release date: Oct 01, 2008
Gangsters and Revolutionaries
Gangsters and Revolutionaries is the first in-depth study of one of the 'people's armies' which emerged from the chaos at the close of World War II in Indonesia to join the struggle for Indonesian independence in 1945. It traces the story of the People's Militia of Greater Jakarta from its origins as a loose network of petty criminals and labor bosses in the slums of urban Jakarta and the feudal estates of the surrounding countryside, to its destruction at the hands of the Indonesian army in the late 1940s. This book examines the social basis of the Indonesian revolution, especially the ways in which the revolutionary forces made use of existing social structures in mobilizing a popular following. It also highlights the painful process by which the new Indonesian state discarded and suppressed groups which had been instrumental in its own rise to power. Archival records, contemporary newspapers and interviews with survivors have been used to shed new light on the early history of the Indonesian army, showing a tangled politics in which regular and irregular units, general staff officers and the Ministry of Defense vied for influence and struggled to formulate a strategy for guerrilla war. Gangsters and Revolutionaries introduces a host of unexpected but fascinating characters, from the cat-eating General Mustopo and the implacable Haji Darip to the gangster unit which saw service with the Dutch as Her Majesty's Irregular Troops. Robert Cribb is Senior Fellow in Indonesian History at the Australian National University. His research focuses on Indonesian national identity, mass violence, environmental politics and historical geography. He is the author of the Historical Atlas of Indonesia (2000).

The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of South East Asia

release date: Jan 01, 2007
The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas of South East Asia
With growing ethnic unrest in the region and US troops hunting terrorists in the Philippines, the need to understand Southeast Asian history is more importatnt than ever. Written and drawn by two experts in the field of Southeast Asian history, this collection of 46 original two-color maps complemented by clear and concise facing-page explanatory text offers a concise and comprehensive look at thousands of years of history of the region. The Palgrave Concise Historical Atlas illustrates key moments and periods in Southeast Asian history from the years before Western contact through to the present day. Maps cover issues such as: Early Migrations * Spread of Theravada Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, and Christianity * Developmental Colonialism * Japanese Rule * Drug Trade in Southeast Asia, and more.

Burma's Entry Into ASEAN

release date: Jan 01, 1998

Opium and the Indonesian Revolution

release date: Jan 01, 1988

Crime, Violence and Authority in Indonesia

release date: Jan 01, 2007

Modern Indonesia

release date: Nov 07, 2003
Modern Indonesia
This accessible history of Indonesia is now revised to cover the dramatic events of recent years - including economic turmoil, ecological disaster, and the fall of President Suharto's 32-year regime. The authors also assess the implications of these events on Indonesia's future. The focus is political, but the social and economic context is given throughout. An invaluable and timely introduction, fully up-to-date again.

Financing the Indonesian Revolution

Financing the Indonesian Revolution
Notes from interviews by Anton Lucas with ex-army officers of Pekalongan 17th regiment: Iljas Moekasim, Pak Wadyono, Slamet, Suhadi; Notes about gun running to Singapore from Pekalongan, 1946, and trade in which sugar was bartered for weapons by the local military during the Revolution; Papers for a conference, 1986: "Rice and revolution in Jakarta", Robert Cribb and Hans Wagner, "Where did the weapons come from?".

Comments on 'Local Opposition'

Comments on 'Local Opposition'
Comments, suggestions, critiques from various historians of "The communist anti-fascist movement in Java", A. Lucas, in A. Lucas (ed.), "Local Opposition and Underground Resistance to the Japanese in Java" (1986). Photocopies from a publication of the Institute of the History of the CPI (PKI), of the Agitations and Propaganda Department of the CC CPI; 40 years of the Partai Komunis Indonesia (PKI) (Indonesian Communist Party). Photocopy of "Lecture du document oral: Pour une lecture critique du document oral", Joutard, Philippe and "Discussion" in "Problemes de method en histoire oral", Table rond, 20/6/1980, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Institut d'Histoire du Temps Present, Paris.

Soeryono Letters and Mss: "Kaum Komunis Indonesia Kan Sejalah Di Zaman Jepang"

Soeryono Letters and Mss: "Kaum Komunis Indonesia Kan Sejalah Di Zaman Jepang"
Indonesian communists during the Japanese occupation. Letters and correspondence with Soeryana in Moscow, letter from J. Leclerc, queries on original manuscript and answers by Soeryana, relating to "Blitar di Zaman Jepang", ("Blitar: the changing of the guard"), published in English in A. Lucas (ed.) "Local Opposition and Underground Resistance to the Japanese in Java, 1942-1945" (1986).
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