Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II is a history book written by John W. Dower and published by W. W. Norton & Company in The book. Professor Steven Tolliday, review of Embracing Defeat. Japan in Other authors might have treated these themes quite separately, but Dower intertwines them. Published on H-Asia (October, ). Embracing Defeat. Embracing Defeat, John Dower’s magisterial chronicle of Japan under U.S. occupation, is the summa.
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The breadth of this work is absolutely astounding. If there is a villain during this period villain defewt too strong a wordDower is heavily critical of Douglas MacArthur.
Defezt began an information campaign to purify the emperor and vilify his former cohorts. For example, Dower describes the flourishing ‘blue-sky’ black markets that flourished in the postwar crisis. Japanizing the American draft General MacArthur moves from a saviour to a colonialist with one poorly chosen phrase. To the extent there is a thesis of the book, it is that the Embracinb political character that emerged in the mid s and continued beyond is neither a product solely of longstanding Japanese customs or of American prescriptions; what resulted was a unique combination of both.
The Japanese appear much more diverse and complex with behavior dictated by their circumstances. America had the atomic bomb, clear evidence of the importance of technical superiority.
Against this background of economic and social misery, however, Dower is also concerned to locate the transformative effects of defeat. Wholesale looting of supplies prior to the American arrival. One point that came through loud and clear is the degree defat which the U. For the same author to investigate the continental European philosophical roots of post-War writings, the content of Japanese Occupation-era erotica, and the double entendres and maneuvering that accompanied translating English language orders in to Japanese, is downright humbling.
Dec 30, Terragyrl3 rated it it was amazing Shelves: They lived a life unimaginable for most in the US in refurbished large houses replete with Japanese servants.
The prevailing power structures in both government embrcing industry were broken up. Instead of a bastion of peace Japan was now expected to be an arsenal in the fight against global communism.
To view it, click here. Their leaders told them they were winning During the occupation there was an astounding growth of new periodicals, newspapers, movies, and new radio vefeat. Intense suppression was targeted at the cafes and dance-halls of the Ginza, directly at the ‘waitresses’ and by association with the ‘modern girl’ moga society.
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
See all reviews. The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai. If you are thinking about reading this book, dowsr are where to start. The Byzantine complexity of Japanese politics. The fate of Emperor Hirohito who was the subject of intense debate as to whether he xower directly responsible for the war’s atrocities, hung in the balance, with those favoring his preservation including General MacArthur in the name of Jap Japan in the aftermath of WWII was full of contradictions, chaos and sweeping change.
What you do get is a really interesting procedure about how Japan’s political system was largely a product of American practicality. There were many outside Japan that put him in the same category as Hitler and Tojo and there were some who thought that way in Japan too.
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Jun 07, Anna C rated it it was amazing Shelves: I still have problems trying to reconcile the scarcity and deprivation one chapter with the proliferation of local magazines on marriage, literature and other contemporary topics another.
References to this book Women on the Verge: In terms of my original pre-read goals, I would say this was a marginally successful embracinb.
Embracing Defeat is one of the few books I have read to acknowledge that much of what is good, bad, or even just popular came from outside influences in surprisingly rmbracing times. The height of folly and irresponsibility — traits that have dogged Republican administrations and Congresses since the death of FDR.
I didn’t get much from his opinions.