Soft Power and Its Perils: U. S. Cultural Policy in Early Postwar Japan and Permanent Dependency

Soft Power and Its Perils: U. S. Cultural Policy in Early Postwar Japan and Permanent Dependency

by Takeshi Matsuda
     
 

This book examines the cultural aspects of U.S.-Japan relations during the postwar Occupation and the early years of the Cold War and analyzes their effect on the adoption of democratic values by the Japanese. Matsuda finds that the results were mixed: Japan is an electoral democracy but intellectually remains elitist and submissive—in part because of U.S.

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Overview

This book examines the cultural aspects of U.S.-Japan relations during the postwar Occupation and the early years of the Cold War and analyzes their effect on the adoption of democratic values by the Japanese. Matsuda finds that the results were mixed: Japan is an electoral democracy but intellectually remains elitist and submissive—in part because of U.S. efforts to reinforce the domestic importance of intellectual elites. The author is especially concerned with the development of American Studies in Japan, and U.S. efforts to foster it. Soft Power and Its Perils brings forward a great deal of new information about the creation and funding of new institutions of educational and cultural exchange.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804700405
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/23/2007
Series:
Cold War International History Project Series
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Takeshi Matsuda is Vice President and Professor of American History at Osaka University of Foreign Studies.

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