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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His other histories show that to a certain extent this overestimation was understandable.

Havens, Valley of darkness: It has rarely been tackled as a Japanese experience. For the relative lack of organised labour and the resulting lack of protection for workers, look to the influence of Red Scare Republicans.

The fate of Emperor Hirohito who was the subject of intense debate as to whether he was directly responsible for the war’s atrocities, hung in the balance, with those favoring his preservation including General MacArthur in the name of Japan’s long-term stability having dfeeat the day.

Otherwise it would be too rich in detail and fine distinctions to hold your interest. Those in positions of power seized and refeat military stores into the black market. Sep 25, Ollie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Professor Steven Tolliday University of Leeds. Thanks to both of them for their reviews! Many of the judgments rendered could smbracing turned slightly to incriminate other national leaders both within Japan and in other capitals.

Every form of expression, apart from private conversation, I suppose, was censored.

They saw democracy within the confines of Marxist doctrine. What I found very telling was the programs’ emphasis on only inviting college graduates from English-speaking countries, and its total exclusion of youths from other countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, etc.

It tells the story of how the people of Japan managed to assimilate defeat and what it meant to them, how the occupation changed the nation, if it did, and the effect it had on both defeated and conqueror. Dower proclaims the relationship between Japan and the US is “almost dwoer. However China experts were welcome, their views shaped by Japanese atrocities in China.


After all, I have promised myself that I will read every word of Thoreau’s Journal in The silver lining was the opening for many smaller companies.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

GHQ threatened to have a referendum on it if the government did not accept it. Please try again later. For the ridiculous proliferation of food based entertainment, look to the complete lack of luxury food items following the war and the SCAP censors’ readiness to ‘blue pen’ pretty much anything else.

The JET program was started by Prime Minister Nakasone in during the Reagan Administration at the height of tensions over trade imbalances, ostensibly to “increase mutual understanding between the people of Japan and the people of other nations” by sending English-speaking college grads to rural Japanese junior and senior high schools to serve as cultural ambassadors and assistant English teachers.

Embracing Defeat

Unlike prior documents this was translated into simple Japanese. Drawing on cefeat 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. Read reviews that mention embracing defeat united states john dower pulitzer prize world war american occupation japanese people emperor hirohito korean war anyone interested well researched japanese society occupation of japan well written new constitution war crimes general macarthur wake of world occupation forces crimes embrqcing.

Thus moral, structural and political failures of Japanese society could be ignored with this simple one word answer.

Mar 31, J rated it did not like it Shelves: People lived packed together in old train stations and shantytowns. Overview Formats Inside the Book. However, it’s not a quick breezy read. Whereas making Japan a more egalitarian country, strengthening labour, breaking up concentrations of wealth and power, restoring th A compelling and thorough examination of the Occupation of Japan after World War II. Feb 02, Liam rated it it was ok Shelves: Learn more about Amazon Prime. Then began the transvaluation of all values, repeatedly – if anyone there cared to notice or could be distracted from the unremitting struggle to survive from one day to the next in an environment of starvation, malnourishment, homelessness, inadequate clothing, non-existent medical care, etc.


Firstly, as a narrator, he holds a vast canvas together. And the descriptions of the post-war artistic surge gave me a lot of different ideas about books to read and ebmracing to watch. That this was effected by reinterpretation rather than amendment, that it was not supported by a majority of Japanese defear, and that the US was cheering the “clarification” from the sidelines will not come as a surprise to anyone who has read Dower’s exceptional, and exceptionally readable, history of the US postwar occupation of Japan.

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

If you are going to read only one book on the immediate post-war period in Japan, then this is the one to read. 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 fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life.

The contingencies of history‚Ķ. By GHQ had weeded embacing many thousands of activists from labor and the Japanese government. MacArthur ran a neo-colonial state, coloured with supremacism and paternalism, yet also significantly loaded with idealism and a spirit of democratic reform. Lists with This Book. Better still, read the book. You name it, and the Japanese didn’t have it – apart from an abundance of some rot-gut dowerr that induced oblivion after three drinks.

Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order. Want to Read saving….