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Dr Chika Tonooka

Mark Kaplanoff Research Fellow, Pembroke College

Pembroke College


I was born in Tokyo and grew up 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. 

My wider interests include modern British history; the history of international/political thought; 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: 

Paper 5 (HSPS POL 11) Political philosophy and the history of political thought since c. 1890 

Historical Argument and Practice (Race; Gender; Nations & States; Challenge to Eurocentric historiography; Postmodernism; Global & Transnational history; International history)

Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision 

MPhil (Modern British History):

Race and Empire in Modern British History 

Other Professional Activities

New York-Cambridge Training Collaboration in Twentieth-Century British History (NYCTC), 2015-present

Course Director, Global History Pathway Module, MSt in History, Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, 2019

Key Publications


British Eurocentrism and the Challenge of Japanese Civilisation, c.1880-1945 (manuscript in progress) 


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

'World history's Eurocentric moment? British internationalism in the age of Asian nationalism', Modern Intellectual History (FirstView 2019).