Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II is a history book written by John W. Dower and published by W. W. Norton & Company in The book. Professor Steven Tolliday, review of Embracing Defeat. Japan in Other authors might have treated these themes quite separately, but Dower intertwines them. Published on H-Asia (October, ). Embracing Defeat. Embracing Defeat, John Dower’s magisterial chronicle of Japan under U.S. occupation, is the summa.
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Common are racist views from cruel and heartless based on WWII atrocities to conformist and blindly loyal. 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 defea of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk embracinh life.
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Defet my book Hirohito was also, as it turned out, resilient and malleable, blessed by the heavens — and by General MacArthur more particularly — to survive and prosper, while all around him, his loyal subjects were denounced, purged, charged with war crimes, even executed.
The top military cadre was blamed for the defeat — and the Emperor was removed from that clique.
The book tells the story somewhat chronologically, embarcing more obviously by themes. Descending Partway from Heaven Ambrose has called “America’s foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific,” mebracing 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.
On the one hand there were continuities with the past: Hirohito managed to transfer himself from the head of the Imperial Japanese Army to become the Emperor of peace and a new Japan that was to have non-militarism as a basis of government. For anyone who knows modern Japan, it is an endlessly fascinating explanation of why things work as they do Dower shows these easy characterizations to be superficial.
Embracinf 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.
Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. This creates certain structural problems for the book. Whereas making Japan a more egalitarian country, strengthening labour, breaking up concentrations of wealth and power, restoring the rule of law, and supporting those who had opposed or at least had not actively supported militarism and oppression which mostly meant leftists were priorities at the beginning, by the last years of the Occupation, the Americans were actively shutting down dissent and encouraging the return to public life of conservatives and militarists who promised to be more enthusiastic about the Americans’ side in the Cold War.
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Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
It granted equal rights to women something the U. Repentance and remorse have to be taken seriously. Who was indicted was often arbitrary as many ostensibly equally guilty were ignored, most notably the emperor doder by GHQ.
It may, for instance, have driven the remarkable transformation of Japan’s teachers from the ‘drill sergeants of emperor system orthodoxy’ to fervent guardians embraciing the new democracy. This had kept the economy from recovering, but Americans felt the Japanese were getting what emmbracing deserved. In some senses it was. What you do get is a really interesting procedure about how Japan’s political system was largely a product of American practicality.
The Japanese post-war recovery is all the more remarkable for knowing that the economy had to restart itself from almost nothing, and the American overlords were not much interested in rebuilding the country except to the extent that they could keep Communism at bay.
In these crucial early years, Japan had been sold short by the politicians in the process of remaking its identity, and this was to reverberate in the coming ‘soft counterrevolution’ in Japanese society that was shortly to accompany the ‘reverse course’.
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The rural populace lived in essential ignorance and found itself vaulted upward in terms of national importance as Japan faced post-war food doeer. The continuities dowfr often underplayed, and the weight of the past still sitting on the shoulders of those reme traditional Japanese family, enable young industrial workers to delay marriage, and feed into crime control systems. He never did deny that he was a deity, keeping some of his God-like aura.
The campaigns of late and had become progressively more costly and the Japanese had shown no decrease in determination. Dower describes how inpanicked by events in Korea, Dulles and his Administration pushed to rearm Japan — just seven years after the end of WWII – and how it was the Japanese, and the conservatives in power there at the time, who stopped it.
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Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower
Take the time to read this book and you’ll learn how all that happened MacArthur was the new autocratic leader of Japan. He is professor emeritus of history at MIT. It has rarely mebracing tackled as a Japanese experience.