American Samurai: Myth and Imagination in the Conduct of Battle in the First Marine Division 1941-1951

American Samurai: Myth and Imagination in the Conduct of Battle in the First Marine Division 1941-1951

by Craig M. Cameron
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521525926

ISBN-13: 9780521525923

Pub. Date: 07/25/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Events on the battlefields of the Pacific War were not only outgrowths of technology and tactics, but also products of cultural myth and imagination. American Samurai offers a bold and innovative approach to military history by linking combat activity to cultural images. Marines projected ideas and assumptions about themselves and their enemy onto people and events

Overview

Events on the battlefields of the Pacific War were not only outgrowths of technology and tactics, but also products of cultural myth and imagination. American Samurai offers a bold and innovative approach to military history by linking combat activity to cultural images. Marines projected ideas and assumptions about themselves and their enemy onto people and events throughout the war--giving life to formerly abstract myths and ideas and molding their behavior to expectations. This fascinating book concludes by considering what happened to the myths and images and how they have been preserved in American society to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521525923
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/25/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations, maps and tables; Preface; Introduction: imagery and instrumentality in war; 1. Mythic images of the Marines before Pearl Harbour; 2. Creating Marine - and a masculine deal; 3. Images of the Japanese 'other' defined: guadalcanal and beyond; 4. 'Devil dogs' and 'dogfaces': images of the 'self' in Peleliu; 5. Okinawa: technology empowers ideology; 6. Collapse of the Pacific War images, 1945–1951; 7. Rewriting the war; Notes; Selected bibliography.

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