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Chika Tonooka

Mark Kaplanoff Research Fellow, Pembroke College

Pembroke College


I was born in Tokyo and raised in London. I read History at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and spent two years at the University of Tokyo before returning to Cambridge in 2014. I recently completed a PhD project entitled ‘Japanese “civilisation” and ideas of progress in Britain, 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, political and cultural history; modern British history and its intersections with global history, including the history of internationalism; the history of the British empire; 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 

Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision 

Other Professional Activities

New York-Cambridge Training Collaboration (NYCTC), 2015- 

Key Publications

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