Dr Chika Tonooka

Research Fellow
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My research focuses on 20th-century international, global and intellectual history with a particular thematic emphasis on global order. I read History (BA) at the University of Cambridge, and undertook an MA at the University of Tokyo before returning to Cambridge where I completed a PhD dissertation entitled ‘Japanese “civilisation” and ideas of progress in Britain, c.1880-1945’. My dissertation was the joint winner of the 2020 Prince Consort & Thirwall Prize and Seeley Medal awarded by the University of Cambridge for the best doctoral dissertation in History. I was born in Tokyo and grew up in London. 


Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Associate Research Scholar & Lecturer, PIIRS, Princeton University; Course Director, Global History Pathway Module, MSt in History, University of Cambridge (2019).


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Pembroke College


Key publications


Rival Civilisations: The Rise of Japan and Ideas of World Order in Britain (under contract with Princeton University Press). 


'World history's Eurocentric moment? British internationalism in the age of Asian nationalism, c.1905-1931', Modern Intellectual History 18 (2021), 95-120

‘Covid-19, Online Workshops, and the Future of Intellectual Exchange’ [With Aled Davies, Andrew Seaton & Jessica White], Rethinking History 25 (2021), 224-241.

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

Book Chapters 

'Meiji Military Reforms', in H.E. Chehabi and David Motadel, eds., Unconquered States: Non-European Powers in the Imperial Age (forthcoming with Oxford University Press).

‘The “International” and “Global” as Locales in International History’ [With Or Rosenboim], Oxford Handbook on History and International Relations (Oxford University Press 2023).