Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - History - 676 pages
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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. Dower, whom Stephen E. 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. Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order. John W. Dower is the Elting E. Morison Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for War Without Mercy.
  

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
13
INTRODUCTION
19
VICTOR and VANQUISHED
31
GIFTS FROM HEAVEN
65
EXHAUSTION AND DESPAIR
87
CULTURES OF DEFEAT
121
BRIDGES OF LANGUAGE 765
168
NEOCOLONIAL REVOLUTION
203
Purifying the Victors
419
Policing the Cinema
426
Curbing the Political Left
435
VICTORS JUSTICE LOSERS JUSTICE
443
WHAT DO YOU TELL THE DEAD WHEN
485
Buddhism as Repentance and Repentance
496
Responding to Atrocity
504
ENGINEERING GROWTH
525

EMBRACING REVOLUTION
225
MAKING REVOLUTION
254
Unveiling the Draft Constitution
383
Japanizing Democracy
391
Responding to a Fait Accompli
399
LEGACIESFANTASIESDREAMS
547
NOTES
565
PHOTO AND ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
651
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John W. Dower is the author of Embracing Defeat, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; War without Mercy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Cultures of War. He is professor emeritus of history at MIT. In addition to authoring many books and articles about Japan and the United States in war and peace, he is a founder and codirector of the online "Visualizing Cultures" project established at MIT in 2002 and dedicated to the presentation of image-driven scholarship on East Asia in the modern world. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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