Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

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by John W. Dower
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393320278

ISBN-13: 9780393320275

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's brilliant examination of Japan in the immediate, shattering aftermath of World War II.
Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing…  See more details below

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's brilliant examination of Japan in the immediate, shattering aftermath of World War II.
Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing documentary photographs, Embracing Defeat is the fullest and most important history of the more than six years of American occupation, which affected every level of Japanese society, often in ways neither side could anticipate. Dower, whom Stephen E. Ambrose has called "America's foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific," gives us the rich and turbulent interplay between West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted, from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life. Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order. John W. Dower is the Elting E. Morison Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for War Without Mercy.

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ISBN-13:
9780393320275
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
676
Sales rank:
127,335
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments13
Introduction19
Pt. IVictor and Vanquished
1Shattered Lives33
2Gifts from Heaven65
Pt. IITranscending Despair
3Kyodatsu: Exhaustion and Despair87
4Cultures of Defeat121
5Bridges of Language168
Pt. IIIRevolutions
6Neocolonial Revolution203
7Embracing Revolution225
8Making Revolution254
Pt. IVDemocracies
9Imperial Democracy: Driving the Wedge277
10Imperial Democracy: Descending Partway from Heaven302
11Imperial Democracy: Evading Responsibility319
12Constitutional Democracy: GHQ Writes a New National Charter346
13Constitutional Democracy: Japanizing the American Draft374
14Censored Democracy: Policing the New Taboos405
Pt. VGuilts
15Victor's Justice, Loser's Justice443
16What do you Tell the Dead when you Lose?485
Pt. VIReconstructions
17Engineering Growth525
Epilogue: Legacies/Fantasies/Dreams547
Notes565
Photo and Illustration Credits651
Index653

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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