Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World

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The New Press, May 1, 2012 - History - 304 pages
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Ways of Forgetting looks at the key moments in the relationship between two national powers focusing on Japanese perceptions of the United States: how the Japanese saw Hiroshima, the American occupation, and the changes in their own lives. We also catch a glimpse of Japanese attitudes toward their own war crimes. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Dower offers blistering comments on Bush’s attempts to justify the invasion of Iraq by citing Dower’s own work on the U.S. occupation of Japan.
The book is a fascinating and probing look at the ways in which we remember the tangled history between the United States and Japan and how it is still invoked today.
 

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If you've been reading Dower's work over the years there will be very few real surprises here; the real attraction is the man's commentary on his work and the field in general and how the ... Read full review

Contents

Japans Beautiful Modern
87
War and Memory in Japan
105
Hiroshimas and Nagasakis
136
A Doctors Diary of Hiroshima Fifty Years Later
161
How a Genuine Democracy Should Celebrate Its Past
176
External Policy
185
Grassroots Satire in Defeated Japan
227
Lessons from Japan About Wars Aftermath
256
Sources
270
Index
307
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John W. Dower is Professor Emeritus of History at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interests lie in modern Japanese history and U.S.-Japan relations. He is the author of several books, including War Without Mercy and Embracing Defeat, which was the recipient of numerous honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bancroft Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History, and the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Prize. He lives in Boston.

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