Japan's Total Empire: Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism

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University of California Press, 1998 - History - 487 pages
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In this first social and cultural history of Japan's construction of Manchuria, Louise Young offers an incisive examination of the nature of Japanese imperialism. Focusing on the domestic impact of Japan's activities in Northeast China between 1931 and 1945, Young considers "metropolitan effects" of empire building: how people at home imagined and experienced the empire they called Manchukuo. Contrary to the conventional assumption that a few army officers and bureaucrats were responsible for Japan's overseas expansion, Young finds that a variety of organizations helped to mobilize popular support for Manchukuo—the mass media, the academy, chambers of commerce, women's organizations, youth groups, and agricultural cooperatives—leading to broad-based support among diverse groups of Japanese. As the empire was being built in China, Young shows, an imagined Manchukuo was emerging at home, constructed of visions of a defensive lifeline, a developing economy, and a settler's paradise.
  

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User Review  - Jessie - Goodreads

I read a Japanese translation of this book before I had a chance to read the English original recently. Not surprisingly the original version reads much better and more compelling. As another reviewer ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Fortunately this book was great and used primary sources immensely. Unfortunately it once again was another reflection of what Manchukuo meant for Japan and not a straight up history of Manchukuo, which is what I have always wanted. Still, good read on the subject. Read full review

Contents

The Manchurian Incident and the New Military Imperialism 19311933
53
The Manchurian Experiment in Colonial Development 19321941
181
The New Social Imperialism and the Farm Colonization Program 19321945
305
Conclusion
413
Bibliography
437
Index
457
Studies of the East Asian Institute
489
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About the author (1998)

Louise Young is Assistant Professor of History at New York University.

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