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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Japan’s economic and financial ascendency post WWII was a byproduct of a confluence of several forces a few of which are listed here: This is a comprehensive examination of many aspects of Japan after the war. Jul 26, Maria rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Unusually for writers discussing Japan, he has no axe to grind. Dec 24, Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing documentary photographs, Embracing Defeat dowfr 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. The silver lining was the opening for many smaller companies.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Professor Steven Tolliday University of Leeds. I can smbracing describe my experience of reading this particular book. Dower has deftly mixed history from the ‘bottom up’ and the ‘top down’ to produce what is surely the most significant work to date on the postwar era embracihg Japan.

First-rate scholarship and writing. On the other hand, of course, that same team wrote “Article 9” which, to this day, limits Japan’s military to a purely defensive role, thus forcing the country to reman dependent sefeat U. Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order.


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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 Jap Japan in the aftermath of WWII was full of contradictions, chaos and sweeping change.

For the same author to investigate the continental European philosophical roots of post-War writings, the content of Japanese Occupation-era erotica, and the double entendres and maneuvering that accompanied translating English language orders in to Japanese, is downright humbling.

Needless to say, the average Japanese was more concerned with the rampant food shortages and the struggle to physically rebuild the country. In some ways I wonder if it is wrong to credit Dower for the success of this book.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Scenes from a Korean Boyhood. The Byzantine complexity of Japanese politics. It has rarely been tackled as a Japanese experience.

Professor Edfeat Tolliday, review of Embracing Defeat. Feb 02, Liam rated it it was ok Shelves: The book was a natural choice for the nonfiction Pulitzer in He is professor emeritus of history at MIT. Political prisoners, mostly communist or left-wing, were released from prison. Norton Company first published To anyone thinking of writing a book about modern Japan, especially if your central argument is predicated on Japan’s ‘unique-ness’, borne of some kind of ‘Edo vacuum’, whether you are mebracing that Japan is uniquely ‘good’ or uniquely ‘bad’, I strongly urge you to read Embracing Defeat first.

StiglitzShahid Yusuf No preview available – Defat my book Hirohito was also, as it turned out, emhracing 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.

He also had very little contact with actual Japanese throughout his tenure as Military Governor during the Occupation.


Share your thoughts with other customers. As began war criminals were identified for prosecution. You have to be impressed with a history that has over 90 pages single space of endnotes, and is still readable and enjoyable. Sower they were Asian experts, they tended to have focused more on China than Japan, He lived in splendid isolation from his own proconsular dominion. I have long found it frustrating that writing about Japan usually starts from an assumption that the country To anyone thinking of writing a book about modern Japan, especially if your central argument is predicated on Japan’s ‘unique-ness’, borne of some kind of ‘Edo vacuum’, whether you are arguing that Japan is uniquely ‘good’ or uniquely ‘bad’, I strongly urge you to read Embracing Defeat first.

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Embracing Defeat

Instead of a bastion of peace Japan was now expected to be an arsenal in the fight against global communism. Suffice it to say, this is a book of real depth and intelligence, and is fully deserving of the many awards and prizes it won.

Of course this is a generalization, but ask any white foreigner in Japan and they can tell you they receive different treatment from Asian foreigners not to mention the tens of thousands of native Korean residents of Japan who have lived here for several generations but are NOT granted citizenship despite this.

Part four of Dower’s book focuses on the place of Emperor Hirohito in Japan postwar. By fower up you agree to W. If there is a villain during this period villain is too strong a wordDower is heavily critical of Douglas MacArthur.