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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 intellectual and political 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 in Twentieth-Century British History (NYCTC), 2015- 

Course Director, Global History Pathway Module, MSt in History, Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, Lent-Easter 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).