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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Almost no significant intellectual opposition remained. The key role played by MacArthur in the successful occupation of their country from to was his distance from the people. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. But as emgracing most texts of this type, the political science of it all is actually considerably less interesting than the everyday color.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. One of those lawyers was a woman she died in –she’s responsible for Japan’s strong woman’s rights protections. Thanks to both of them for their reviews! He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dower powerfully captures the early period of MacArthur’s regime. I listened to the audio, pausing at the end of the chapters to peruse the pictures.

Nov 30, John rated it it was amazing. And obviously, a country that lost millions of its young population in war would pay more attention to its own casualties than to those of the former enemies. As it turns out the focus is even more narrow than I imagined, perhaps to the det With a trip to Japan on my horizon, I’ve wanted to bite off a few works of Japanese history first to get an appreciation for how the country came to be where it is.


They saw democracy within the confines of Marxist doctrine. Quotes from Embracing Defeat He is professor emeritus of history at MIT. Pages with related products. To view it, click here. Conservative Japanese leaders would now hold power for the rest of the century.

Behind the myth New York, Vintage Books, 8. Dower, whom Stephen E. Although it is a long serious book—and often heartbreaking—I never felt overwhelmed by the detail.

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Dower tackles this theme through twin narratives. Japan in the Wake of World War Tworeview no. Dower is the Elting E. A fascinating look at an interesting period.

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But the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki demonstrated the accidental peacekeeping power of nuclear weapons. In terms of my original pre-read goals, I would say this was a marginally successful undertaking. Won a slew of slightly less prestigious awards; wrote a Yoshida Shigeru biography. Japan’s economic and financial ascendency post WWII was a byproduct of a confluence of several forces a few of which embrxcing listed here: Sep 23, Robert rated it really liked it.

Jun 08, Max rated it it was amazing Shelves: Japan’s experience of defeat and occupation at the end of the Second World War has most commonly been examined from the point of view of the defeta. Of course, television and the Internet didn’t exist. The black market was embarcing not only providing necessities but American goods often procured from GIs.


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Better still, read the book. Not to say there were not positives during the occupation. Dower leaves no doubt as to his scholarship.

Nov 20, Diane rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Ordinary Japanese looked on MacArthur as a father figure who had freed them from oppression and brought freedom. There were Japanese factions that defaet war with America was a really bad idea. Industry had been obliterated leaving few places to live or work.

You name it, and the Japanese didn’t have it – apart from an abundance of some rot-gut concoction that induced oblivion after three drinks. This was an exercise in justice that some of the non-U. Secondly, Dower is most sensitive to the new, and to breaks with the past.

Dower shows these easy characterizations to be superficial. I have never wholly understood the American insistence on protecting and shielding the Emperor from any serious blame or questioning about his role in Japan’s turn to fascism in the first two decades of his reign.