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Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World
     

Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World

by John W. Dower
 

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ISBN-10: 1595586180

ISBN-13: 9781595586186

Pub. Date: 07/31/2012

Publisher: New Press, The

Ways of Forgetting looks at the key moments in the relationship between two national powers focusing on Japanese perceptions of the United States: how the Japanese saw Hiroshima, the American occupation, and the changes in their own lives. We also catch a glimpse of Japanese attitudes toward their own war crimes. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John

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Ways of Forgetting looks at the key moments in the relationship between two national powers focusing on Japanese perceptions of the United States: how the Japanese saw Hiroshima, the American occupation, and the changes in their own lives. We also catch a glimpse of Japanese attitudes toward their own war crimes. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Dower offers blistering comments on Bush’s attempts to justify the invasion of Iraq by citing Dower’s own work on the U.S. occupation of Japan.
The book is a fascinating and probing look at the ways in which we remember the tangled history between the United States and Japan and how it is still invoked today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595586186
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 E.H. Norman, Japan, and the Uses of History 1

2 Race, Language, and War in Two Cultures: World War II in Asia 28

3 Japan's Beautiful Modern War 65

4 "An Aptitude for Being Unloved?": War and Memory in Japan 105

5 The Bombed: Hiroshimas and Nagasakis in Japanese Memory 136

6 A Doctor's Diary of Hiroshima, Fifty Years Later 161

7 How a Genuine Democracy Should Celebrate Its Past 176

8 Peace and Democracy in Two Systems: External Policy and Internal Conflict 185

9 Mocking Misery: Grassroots Satire in Defeated Japan 227

10 Lessons from Japan About War's Aftermath 256

11 The Other Japanese Occupation 261

Sources 270

Notes 272

Index 307

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