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Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II

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by John W. Dower

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Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
HISTORIANJV More than 1 year ago
This winner of the Pulitzer Prize is thought provoking in at least three ways: (1) Readers of military history will find the occupation years 1945-1952 a good closing to their readings on the Pacific War. Policy issues explored in depth include the controversial US occupation decision to retain the Emperor (despite the disagreement of war time allies)and govern through Japanese intermediaries. The occupation's approved rewriting of history to hide the Emperor's involvement in Japanese war policy, and how this influenced Japan's self-image of victim rather than aggressor. The impact of these events on Japan's continued denial of their atrocities is made clear. (2) Contrasts between the occupation of Japan and that of Iraq are unavoidable. The impact of occupational assertiveness and the culture of those conquered might never be better portrayed. (3) The now largely forgotten but real threats of the Cold War years come alive in the events leading up to the Communist take-over of the newly legalized (by the occpation)Japanese governbment and industrial unions. These events, culminating in a planned 1949 nation-wide general strike to bring down the government, was averted only by McArthur's intervention and the subsequent anti-communist actions to control Japenese radio, press, education and the selection of government administrators.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book on what is not a much-written about topic. The book fills the void about what happened after Sept. 2. Definitely recommend it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book covers everything you could hope to learn about post-WWII Japan with a great focus on cultural change and pop culture. A book I keep refering back to again and again...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walk through the trails