John Hennessey has a PhD in history from Linnaeus University (Växjö, Sweden). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in history and French literature from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, United States) and a Master's Degree in Asian studies from Lund University (Lund, Sweden). His primary areas of interest include colonial history during the period 1850-1945, Japanese history, transnational and comparative history, discourse analysis, nationalism and propaganda.

His dissertation, Rule by Association: Japan in the Global Trans-Imperial Culture, 1868-1912, highlights Japan's engagement with globally circulating colonial ideas and practices during the period 1868-1912. Although it is often marginalized in postcolonial studies and imperial history, Japan was a concurrent and important player in the creation of the global, trans-imperial colonial culture that developed around the turn of the twentieth century. Through a comparative analysis of scholarly and popular texts aimed at international and Japanese audiences, his research investigates the origin and development of specific colonial ideas in Meiji Japan and their policy effects. In particular, it demonstrates that despite the fact that imperial Japan is commonly linked to assimilation, before 1919 the competing 'school' of colonial association also had powerful proponents in Japan, consistent with trends in the other great empires of the age.


1HI435 Japans historia (The History of Japan)
1KV101 History and Religion in Sweden


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