The Pacific War and Its Political Legacies [NOOK Book]

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Competition among the national myths of the Pacific War held by the various countries of Northeast Asia and by the US about the Pacific still rages in the international politics, even while accurate understanding of what actually took place in that war has largely faded. Unresolved wartime grievances continue to constrain, distort, and embitter bilateral relationships, erupting over such issues as the Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese history textbooks, the Nanjing Massacre, the comfort women, how to remember the atomic ...

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Overview

Competition among the national myths of the Pacific War held by the various countries of Northeast Asia and by the US about the Pacific still rages in the international politics, even while accurate understanding of what actually took place in that war has largely faded. Unresolved wartime grievances continue to constrain, distort, and embitter bilateral relationships, erupting over such issues as the Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese history textbooks, the Nanjing Massacre, the comfort women, how to remember the atomic bombs, and the US military bases on Okinawa. The first part of The Pacific War and Its Political Legacies recounts as straightforwardly and impartially as possible the trains of events of the Pacific War that continue to vex international relations in Northeast Asia. This summary historical narrative provides the reader with enough backstory to challenge the reader's own assumptions and to judge the veracity and balance of other competing national interpretations of the war.

This second part of The Pacific War and its Political Legacies explains: the origins of contending interpretations of the war; how those interpretations have led to the positions and policies of postwar governments and societal groups on issues directly related to the war; and how the domestic and international political interests of successive postwar governments and factions have shaped the interpretations that are selected by national elites for inculcation by the national educational, political, and media systems under their control. Dr. Roy teases out the ambivalent roles of national elites as prisoners and inventors of history, constrained to reaffirm received national myths of the Pacific War while dynamically altering them to suit current political purposes.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Roy is a noted author and Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and he has written this volume to analyze tensions and grievances in Asia resulting from the outcome of World War II that still affect international diplomacy and trade in the 21st century. Written for those interested in international relations, this book first provides a summary of events such as Nanjing Massacre and the dropping of the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The author proceeds to

analyze the interpretations of these events and shows how the positions and policies of postwar governments continue to be shaped by these wartime grievances."

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Reference & Research Book News

"This provocative, well-written study should help reverse the current historiographical trend of treating the Pacific War simply as a hagiography of heroes. . . . This important, convincing book will not only reinvigorate Pacific War historiography but also raise important questions about the proper role of history itself. It should be in every significant library in the US. . . . Essential. All collections on the Pacific War or current Asian politics."

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Choice

"This book is strongly recommended for all history buffs, those interested in northeastern Asian diplomacy, and those interested in basing diplomacy on facts, not myths."

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Catholic Library World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313375675
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 491 KB

Meet the Author

DENNY ROY is a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, Honolulu. He has held faculty and research appointments in East Asian politics, history, and human rights and security issues at the Naval Postgraduate School, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, National University of Singapore, Australian National University, Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute, Australian College of Defence and Security Studies, and Brigham Young University. He is the author/editor of five books, including Taiwan: A Political History (2003), The Politics of Human Rights in Asia (2000), China's Foreign Relations (1998), and The New Security Agenda in the Asia-Pacific Region (1997). He writes frequently for such scholarly journals as International Security, Survival, Asian Survey, Security Dialogue, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Armed Forces & Society, and Issues & Studies.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Chinas Ordeal

Chapter Three: Sino-Japan War Expands to Pacific War

Chapter Four: A Ruthless War

Chapter Five: Bombing Japan

Chapter Six: The Atomic Bombs and the End of the War

Chapter Seven: Regime Change in Korea, Japan and Taiwan

Chapter Eight: Pacific War Rashomon

Chapter Nine: Comfort Women Discomfiture

Chapter Ten: China and the History Card

Chapter Eleven: U.S.-Japan Relations

Chapter Twelve: Atomic Rancor between America and Japan

Chapter Thirteen: Conclusion

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