The American Occupation of Japan: The Origins of the Cold War in Asia

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Oxford University Press, Oct 22, 1987 - History - 368 pages
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In this novel and intriguing book, Michael Schaller traces the origins of the Cold War in Asia to the postwar occupation of Japan by U.S. troops. Determined to secure Japan as a bulwark against both Soviet expansion and Asian revolution, the U.S. instituted ambitious social and economic reforms under the direction of the flamboyant Occupation Commander, General Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur was later denounced by the Truman Administration as a "bunko artist" who had wrecked Japan's economy and opened it to Communist influence, and power was shifted to Japan's old elite. Cut off from its former trading partners, which were now all Communist-controlled, Japan, with U.S. backing, turned its attention to the rich but unstable Southeast Asian states. The stage was thus set for U.S. intervention in China, Korea, and Vietnam.
 

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This is a significant contribution to the literature of the Occupation, a clear presentation of its worldwide dimensions. Japan was effectively disarmed by Article IX of its constitution, but the ... Read full review

Contents

1THE END OF THE PACIFIC WAR
2REMAKING JAPAN 1945 TO 1948
3NORTHEAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC 1945 TO 1947
4REINTERPRETING THE POSTWAR WORLD
5AN ABORTED TREATY
6THE CONSERVATIVE RESPONSE TO LIBERAL REFORM
7SETTING A NEW COURSE
8REGIONAL ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND THE RISE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA
12CONTAINMENT AND RECOVERY IN JAPAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
13A COMMITMENT TO VIETNAM
14JAPAN AND THE REKINDLED CRISIS WITH CHINA
15AT WAR IN ASIA
THE WORKSHOP OF ASIA
ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS
NOTES
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TRYING AGAIN
10JAPANESE RECOVERY PROSPECTS IN THE WAKE OF CHINAS REVOLUTION
11NSC 48 AND THE RENEWED DEBATE OVER ASIAN COMMUNISM

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Michael Schaller, Professor History at the University of Arizona, is author of The U.S. Crusade in China, 1938-45 and The U.S. and China in the Twentieth Century.

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