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. massively researched and beautifully illustrated book, John Dower attempts to understand the hopes. Throughout the book John Dower’s writing is elegant, informative and easy to follow. Since its publication, Embracing Defeat has revived interest in this relatively.

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For instance, he gives a lot of stories on the food shortages following the surrender, but no information on what caused them. Dower has put together a embbracing book on postwar Japan, which will undoubtedly remian definitive for quite a while.

Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order. As began war criminals were identified for prosecution. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The more I learn about MacArthur, the more I question his status as a great man and general.

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Japan was being isolated from much of what was widely available in America and the rest of the world. Nov 20, Andrew added it Shelves: Secondly, Dower is most sensitive to the new, and to breaks with the past. Embracing Defeat focuses on social and cultural development and popular consciousness within Japan. Dower uses Hirohito as the prime example of the gap between the concerns of the ruling class and the bulk of the population.

But I really don’t want to become curious about any of this. If you are thinking about reading this book, those are where to start.

The dwfeat that policy makers today still find so appealing. Japan in the aftermath of WWII was full of contradictions, chaos and sweeping change. It becomes difficult to explain the lurch to the right at the end of the occupation and the domination of a single political party for the best part of 40 years unless we build a broader picture of the ambivalence of the Japanese towards these ideas at the end of the war. Although the American forces exerted fantastic jojn over the shape of Japan in the post-war occupation period, the people of Japan simultaneously absorbed and reflected certain elements of democracy and demilitarization, ultimately creating a nation of peace and democracy that also iohn its cultural heritage and imperial traditions.


MacArthur ran a neo-colonial state, coloured with supremacism and paternalism, yet also significantly loaded with idealism and a spirit of democratic reform. Apr 03, Stuart rated it it was amazing Shelves: It reads as a collection of essays placed end-to-end, which in my opinion is the worst way to write about history.

The doweer about how people dealt with post-war privations are absolutely heart breaking, as is the cruel double life of the “comfort women” who serviced American GIs. Dower also embracihg the particulars of a democracy imposed from above, a process that could only occur today in the wildest neocon fantasies.

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And yet in light of the continued tensions with China and Korea over war crimes, comfort women, reparations, trade friction, and recently ocean and air territory, it’s clear that Japan has yet to fully establish equitable relations with its Asian neighbors even over 60 years after WWII ended.

But, beyond the framework of the nation-state, and the more embracihg critical diplomatic history of the Wisconsin school, the rise of global history and the influence embrscing post-colonial studies — the turn to culture as a site of historical interaction and meaning — has also allowed a more nuanced and complicated picture to emerge of the way in which both sides of this embrace affected and were affected by each other.

It is probably too much to ask that Dower give detailed attention to these currents too, but again, a wider contextualization of changing ideas against these continuities would serve to provide a more balanced picture. No nuclear-armed state has ever attacked another since then.


Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower

Tanabe was influential, but Japan embraced the first answer, science, and its incumbent rewards. Although it was a long read, pages, I found it well worth sticking with embracjng.

Skip to main content. I know that I was unable to do so. Almost no significant intellectual opposition remained. The state in everyday life Princeton UP, 4.

The independent prostitute was seen as a symbol of modernist and romantic relations between the sexes, pursuing individual gain or pleasure. Yoshida was from an old samurai family; had American contacts before the war, and after the defeat, was installed by the Allied Command as ‘rehabilitated’ and anti-Communist. At its height, the Civil Censorship Detachment had a staff of 6, However, the communists now had credibility for having defied the emperor; freed from jail they began espousing their cause.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Refresh and try again. In contrast, throughout the interwar period, the independent prostitute was repressed and criminalised.

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Yet even in the aftermath of the ANPO protests, the stifling of democracy and individual subjectivity still required a subtle combination of economics and culture through the promotion of consumerism in the popular media, ultimately achieved only after the media spectacle of violent student protest in the mid-to-late s.