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Willems, N.


Transnational Anarchism, Japanese Revolutionary Connections, and the Personal Politics of Exile,

in Historical Journal

Full Text UEA Repository


(E-pub ahead of print)

Genzō, S., Willems, N. (Translator)


Kotan Chronicles: Selected Poems 1928-1943,

Isobar Press

ISBN 978-4-907359-19-5, 978-4-907359-20-1

Full Text UEA Repository



Willems, N.


Contesting Imperial Geography: Reading Elisée Reclus in 1930s' Hokkaido,

in The Practice of Freedom : Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt.

Rowman and Littlefield International

ISBN 9781783486649, 9781783486632

Full Text

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Key Research Interests


Her research focuses on early twentieth century anarchism in a transnational perspective and the history of social movements in rural Japan.


Other research interests include proletarian literature, the history of ethnography and the development of human geography during Japan’s rapid modernization era, with a particular focus on Japan’s encounter with French radical geography.  She published in 2017 a book of annotated translations of 1930s anarchist poetry from Japan’s rural north. 

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Nadine Willems is an intellectual and cultural historian of Japan.  She joined UEA in 2016 after completing postgraduate studies in Oxford.  She teaches modules on the modern history of Japan for the School of History.  Prior to returning to academia in 2008 she was based in Tokyo where she worked for several years in business and as a foreign correspondent and journalist.