Dr Andrew Levidis is a historian of modern Japan and a specialist on political and diplomatic history, history of international relations, and the modern historiography of war. He received his Ph.D. in History from Kyoto University in 2013 and is currently a Research Associate Fellow in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge working as part of the ERC Project “Dissolution of the Japanese Empire” led by Dr. Barak Kushner. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University for 2014-2016 at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations.
His research focuses on Japanese politics and diplomacy in the 1930s, history of civil-military relations in prewar Japan, interaction of war and society since the nineteenth century, and the historical roots of militarism and conservatism in East Asia. In particular he is interested in the relationship between the transformation in the shape of war, and changes in domestic politics and supreme command (tōsuiken) from World War I to the 1940s.
The next phase of Dr. Levidis’s research will examine the collapse of the Japanese empire and its military institution and its aftermath – or afterlife – by focusing on the graduates of the Manchurian Military Academy. At the height of war, students from Japan, Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan were selected to study in the Manchurian Military Academy. At the end of hostilities, these students streamed back to their home countries, and many became leading political and military figures, especially Park Chung-Hee. What survived of the dreams that drove them to Manchukuo at the height of the Japanese Empire? And how can we understand the enduring intellectual and personal connections that crossed the disappearance of Manchukuo, collapse of the Japanese empire, Cold War, and up to the present?
Dr. Levidis is presently completing his book manuscript, “Kishi Nobusuke and the Roots of Conservatism: Modern Japanese War and Politics, 1918-1960” for submission to Harvard University Asia Center in early 2017. His is also preparing several articles on the wartime parliament, Japanese army factional politics in the 1930s, and upon the disarmament and repatriation of the Japanese Army between 1945-1949. He is also co-organizing an academic conference “Reconsidering Militarism in Twentieth Century Japan” to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in June 2017.