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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In short, read it. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Dower’s highly-refined sense of irony equips him admirably to illuminate the most ingenious paradox of Japan’s adoption of democracy by fiat, freedom of expression amid heavy censorship, and widespread culpability for war crimes heartily endorsed by the Teflon former-deity who set the conflict rolling.
But some gaps and difficulties remain.
Debates on the allocation of responsibility for the past, and the nature of current and future Japanese identity, were central to both arenas. Account Options Sign in. American-Pacific political and economic relations? Dower leaves no doubt as to his scholarship. A marvelous piece of reporting and analysis.
SCAP advised the emperor and Japanese supporters on how to proceed. Firstly, as a narrator, he holds a vast canvas dfeat. Any reference to censorship itself was also prohibited. dowee
Even in the pits of despair, people were reshaping their future identity and discovering new aspirations. Labor unions began organizing with strong communist backing. This was an exercise in justice that some of the non-U. Embracing Defeat is a hyper-focused exploration of the Japanese state from to — with most of the interesting color taking place in the heady post-war days of and Professor Steven Tolliday University of Leeds.
Behind the myth New York, Vintage Books, 8. 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. The chapters about how people dealt with post-war privations are absolutely heart breaking, as is the cruel double life of the “comfort women” who serviced American GIs. Cart Support Signed in as: Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing documentary photographs, Embracing Defeat is the fullest and most important history of the more than six years of American occupation, which affected every level of Japanese society, often in ways neither side could anticipate.
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Some of the questions I got answered: Jun 06, BookishStitcher rated it really liked it. Better still, read the book. Other authors might have treated these themes quite separately, but Dower intertwines them. He also had very little contact with actual Japanese throughout his tenure as Military Governor during the Occupation. For much of Japan’s economic equality and progressive infrastructure, look to the influence of New Deal Democrats. Dower’s ‘cultural history’ begins with the anguish of physically and materially ‘shattered lives’ at war’s end.
Of course this is a generalization, but ask any white foreigner in Japan and they can tell you they receive different treatment from Asian foreigners not to mention the tens of thousands of native Korean residents of Japan who have lived here for several generations but are NOT granted citizenship despite this. I can just barely begin to imagine the quality of life for the Japanese, apart from the highest reaches of the elite, during the early years of occupation. Each chapter is written from the Japanese view; how they reacted to events and changes in their lives, and not from the American position or the post-war Japanese government.
Ambrose has called “America’s foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific,” gives us the rich and turbulent interplay between West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted, from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life.
This is something that essentially emerged with U. However, the communists now had credibility for having defied the emperor; freed from jail they began espousing their cause. To ask other readers questions about Embracing Defeatplease sign up. The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai. And a new urban demimonde channeled nihilism and hardship into lifestyles of deliberate decadence and a flourishing milieu of pulp literatures which posed forceful challenges to traditional social and sexual roles.
While I believe this book was meant for a general readership it tends to read more like a textbook and contains such detailed information that I found my mind wandering at times. Ambrose has called “America’s foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific,” gives us the rich and turbulent interplay between West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted, from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life.
Thus moral, structural and political failures of Japanese society could be ignored with this simple one word answer. Although the American forces exerted fantastic control over the shape of Japan in the post-war occupation period, the people of Japan simultaneously absorbed and reflected certain elements of democracy and demilitarization, ultimately creating a nation of peace and democracy that also retained its cultural heritage and imperial traditions.
Dower tells the truth from a perspective of respect and sympathy for the Japanese. Sep 25, Ollie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The sudden conversion of the intelligentsia after the war could, therefore, be seen as hypocrisy.
A meaty book defat sometimes bogs down in detail — such as the postwar girlie pulps, which were pretty interesting, but the long discussions of authors who were akin to our postwar Beats — not so much. He starts with the utter devastation of WWII, explains the economics of the early years and the enormous want right after surrender.
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Many were already mal-nourished before the surrender — and their struggle con Before defeat, and after defeat In the top photo Hirohito is in military uniform. It was the paradox of revolution on high by the Americans, and the oncoming of the Cold War that killed the larger movement toward a freer and more democratic society.
In the name of keeping Japan non-communist, many Inthe victorious Americans are unprepared to move in and reorganize a venerable but broken society, but they glibly embracibg into Japan and do exactly that. In the name of keeping Japan non-communist, many sins are committed: The height of folly and irresponsibility — traits that have dogged Republican administrations and Congresses since the death of FDR.
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Dower has dug deeply to reveal ‘the bittersweet ambiance of life on the margins in a defeated land’. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.
And the primary problem for most Japanese was food.