Certain Victory: Images of World War II in the Japanese Media

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M.E. Sharpe, 2009 - History - 529 pages
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This unique window on history employs hundreds of images and written records from Japanese periodicals during World War II to trace the nation's transformation from a colorful, cosmopolitan empire in 1937 to a bleak "total war" society facing imminent destruction in 1945. The author draws upon his extensive collection of Japanese wartime publications to reconstruct the government-controlled media's narrative of the war's goals and progress - thus providing a close-up look at how the war was shown to Japanese on the home front. Many of these visual and written sources are rare in Japan and were previously unavailable in the West. Strikingly, the narrative remains consistent and convincing from victory to retreat, and even as defeat looms large. Earhart's nuanced reading of Japan's wartime media depicts a nation waging war against the world and a government terrorizing its own people. At once informed, scholarly, and readily accessible, this lavishly illustrated volume offers an accurate representation of the official Japanese narrative of the war in contemporary terms. The images are fresh and compelling, revealing a forgotten world by turns familiar and alien, beautiful and stark, poignant and terrifying.
 

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Contents

Introduction A picture worth a thousand arguments
1
1 EMPEROR SHOWA
11
2 The Great Japanese Empire
37
3 Men of the Imperial Forces
69
4 A People United in Serving the Nation
107
5 Warrior Wives
147
6 Junior Citizens
183
7 Now the enemy is America and Britain
215
10 Faces of the Enemy
333
11 Dying Honorably from Attu to Iwo Jima
375
12 The Kamikazefication of the Home Front
409
CONCLUSION ENDGAME
461
Appendix 1 annotated bibliography of Japanese wartime news journals
477
Appendix 2 glossary
489
Bibliography
493
Index
497

8 The Greater East Asian CoProsperity Sphere
261
9 Uchiteshi Yamamu Keep up the fight
309
About the Author
531
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