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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The occupation caused a tremendous overhaul of Japanese society. Open Preview See a Problem?

As such it is deeply suggestive, but much uncharted territory remains to be explored. There’s too much here to describe in detail.

Norton, ; Anke Scherer, ‘Drawbacks to controls on food distribution: Also when China became communist in the Japanese atrocities in China became more and more overlooked. Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order. Dower’s book could be Modern Japan: Thus dowwr, structural and embraciny failures of Japanese society could be ignored with this simple one word answer.

Embracing Defeat

I’d definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Japan. John Dower’s comprehensive study of the years during which the Japanese lived under American-led occupation is undoubtedly the masterwork from which many PhD studies have derived. He also places them against the background of an American Occupation which was at once high-minded and visionary, arrogant and domineering.

First it helped clear up dffeat about the Japanese people and their culture. The large banks were not broken up. Japan in the Wake of World War Two. The author examines almost every aspect of the sociological changes that the country went through in a manner that the average reader can relate to.

The Japanese received no news from the outside world apart from the accounts that US censors had approved prior to publication.

That’s why it loses a star for me.

Yoshida was from an old samurai family; had Ddefeat contacts before the war, and after the defeat, was installed by the Defrat Command as ‘rehabilitated’ and anti-Communist. War against China in Manchuria that started ina vicious racist war in China proper that started inand the war in the Pacific and Southeast Asia Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia I suspect he was aware the Chinese were in the midst of a civil war, Korea was divided and occupied, the Filipinos were busy accepting their own independence and rebuilding and the Indonesians were still a Dutch colony.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Jun 12, Jerome rated defear really liked it. They lived a life unimaginable for most in the US in refurbished large houses replete with Japanese servants.

The Japanese leaders did back flips to guarantee the Imperial House.

Because, frankly, Japan has still not been able to kick its admiration and aspiration to be like other Western countries, much more than neighboring Asian countries.

Japan’s economic and financial ascendency post WWII was a byproduct of a confluence of several forces a few of which are listed here: There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Feb 02, Liam rated it it was ok Shelves: But I’ve also read enough on Japan to know that other historians haven’t told this story, and it is this very story that is worth telling.

The state in everyday life Princeton UP, 4. The author dealt with such subjects as the Japanese having to digest their defeat after they had been told they were winning the war, the Emperor’s admission he was not a god a muddled confession!

Dower’s ‘cultural history’ begins with the anguish of physically and materially ‘shattered lives’ at war’s end. This massively researched book offers a splendidly balanced account not only of the political side of defeat but also the social side of defeat.

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Dower uses Hirohito as the prime example of the gap between the concerns of the ruling class and the bulk of the popul First-rate scholarship and writing. Quotes from Embracing Defeat And a new urban demimonde channeled nihilism and hardship into lifestyles of deliberate decadence and a flourishing milieu of pulp literatures which posed forceful challenges to traditional social and sexual roles.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Otherwise it would be too rich in detail and fine distinctions to hold your interest. The American occupation that lasted from to forever changed the course of history in shaping Japan’s future and consequently its role in the region and the world.

This involves jokes, signs, popular sayings, song lyrics, local movies, best-seller lists, letters-to-the-editor, national statistics, hirings and firings, philology, court records, diaries, and so very much more. John Dower’s “Embracing Defeat: The fact that there is so much to cover after Japan surrendered to the US is both surprising and unsurprising.

This really does cover it all, from the effects of the atomic bomb initially wrote that as fallout, nope, then impact, also nope This is about as thorough and dense a history as one could imagine on the immediate postwar years in Japan, as embodied in the difficult-to-translate term “kyodatsu” — exhaustion, maybe? I was eager to pick up a book about the Japanese perspective and experience starting in August 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.

GHQ writes Constitution For example, he calls our not involving the Koreans, Chinese, Filipinos and Indonesians in the occupation pernicious. Over million pieces of mail were spot checked.