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Provides access to archival collections relating to Westerners' involvement in East Asia between the 1840s and 1940s.

U.S. prepares to occupy Korea, 1945

The Archive

Between the Opium War and the end of the Second World War, the societies of East Asia, constituting over 27% of the world's population, confronted the full brunt of the rapidly developing industrial economy. Each nation found its own way into the modern global economy, none without pain or radical social tumult.  It is the purpose of the Pacific Rim Archive to help bring together the record of this transformative century from the still-scattered papers, photographs and recordings of people who lived through it.

Japanese map recording Sino-Japanese and Pacific War battles
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