Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty

Research Interest

My main research interest is how people negotiate their identities in the process of war and defeat. My book manuscript deals with the Jokyu War of 1221, in which I trace the conflict between the rival power centers of Kyoto and Kamakura and try to unravel many of the myths that took place as both warriors and courtiers forged new identities in the wake of the debacle. My other research interests include other moments of war and defeat in East Asian history, particularly times of conflict between China, Japan and Korea such as the 7th century Korean Unification Wars, the Imjin War of the 1590s, and the 20th century.