The wages of guilt: memories of war in Germany and Japan

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Meridian, Jul 14, 1995 - History - 330 pages
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The Wages of Guilt is a major work of cultural history, and one that only Ian Buruma could have written. Buruma is perhaps the West's leading commentator about Asian politics and culture, and he has a deep familiarity with Europe as well. His subject in this book is the legacy of World War II and the complicated and very different ways Germany and Japan have dealt with it. He contrasts the official propaganda in the former East Germany with West German efforts to come to terms with the Holocaust. In Japan, he looks into the polarized debate between those who wish to whitewash and forget and those who use Hiroshima and the Japanese atrocities in Asia to warn against resurgent militarism. In a mixture of essay and reportage, he paints a complex and provocative picture of East and West under the shadow of the Cold War. In the course of his investigation, he visits memorial sites, talks to politicians, intellectuals, and people in the streets, and analyzes the work of journalists, artists, and historians. Buruma's lively and comprehensive account of our two major allies and their diverging approaches to their own pasts illuminates profound questions of moral responsibility and national identity.

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Review: The Wages Of Guilt: Memories Of War In Germany And Japan

User Review  - Brad Eastman - Goodreads

This is the third work I have read by Mr. Buruma. Unlike the others, this work is more psycho-sociological than historical. Mr. Buruma investigates the attitudes of Germany and Japan today (in the 90s ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tony Kear - Goodreads

Very interesting - tho only to a small niche market. Not sure it presented enough depth of conclusion. Read full review


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Ian Buruma is currently the Luce Professor at Bard College. He is the author of numerous books and coauthor of "Occidentalism,

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