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In his introduction, Joshua A. Fogel raises the significant moral and historiographical issues that frame the other essays. Mark Eykholt then provides an account of postwar Chinese responses to the massacre. Takashi Yoshida assesses Japanese attempts to downplay the incident and its effects, providing a revealing analysis of Japanese debates over Japan's role in the world and the continuing antagonism by many Japanese toward their defeat in World War II. In the concluding essay, Daqing Yang widens the scope of the discussion by comparing the Nanjing historiographic debates to similar debates in Germany over the nature of the Holocaust.
Taken together, this important collection makes contributions to our understanding of World War II, of Chinese and Japanese politics in the postwar period, and of the broader issue of atrocity in human history.
|1||Introduction: The Nanjing Massacre in History||1|
|2||Aggression, Victimization, and Chinese Historiography of the Nanjing Massacre||11|
|3||A Battle over History: The Nanjing Massacre in Japan||70|
|4||The Challenges of the Nanjing Massacre: Reflections on Historical Inquiry||133|