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Chika Tonooka

Chika Tonooka

PhD Candidate in History

Gonville and Caius College


I was born in Japan and raised there and in London. I read History at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and went on to study at the University of Tokyo before returning to Cambridge in 2014. I am currently working on a PhD project entitled ‘Japanese “civilisation” and ideas of “progress” in British thought and culture, c. 1880-1945’ , supervised by Professor Peter Mandler. A part of this research, examining the intellectual impact of the Russo-Japanese War, has been published in The Historical Journal

My wider interests include intellectual and cultural history; modern British history and its intersections with global history, including the history of internationalism; the history of the British empire in the metropole and the colonies from the nineteenth to the twentieth centuries; and modern Japanese history. 


Part I:  Paper 6 British political history, since 1880

           Paper 11 British economic and social history, since c. 1880

           Paper 21 Empires and world history from the 15th century to the First World War 

Part II: Historical Argument and Practice [Race; Gender; International History; Challenge to Euro-centric historiography; Global and Transnational History; Postmodernism] 

Key Publications

'Reverse emulation and the cult of Japanese efficiency in Edwardian Britain', Historical Journal, 60 (2017), 95-119