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Within forty years of the end of the Second World War, Japan was transformed from a nation in defeat to one of the most successful economic forces in the world. In this book, Paul Bailey draws on the most recent research to analyse the significance of the American Occupation (1945-52) as well as the later political, social and economic factors that contributed to postwar recovery.
List of Figures.
1. The Path to 1945.
2. The American Interregnum (1945-1952).
3. The Creation of the Liberal-Democratic Party and Political Conflict in the 1950s and 1960s.
4. The Emergence of an Economic Superpower.
5. A New Imperial Era and the End of the LDP Hegemony.
Guide to Further Reading.
Glossary of Japanese Terms.