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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Prostitution proliferated to service the hundreds of thousands of American GIs. Dower leaves no doubt as to his scholarship.

John Dower’s “Embracing Defeat: Behind the myth New York, Vintage Books, 8. Lists with This Book.

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This was written for popular audiences and not for academics. The American Occupation flooded Japan with democracy, women’s rights and new modes of education, but at the same time it left economic reconstruction up to the country’s Japanese leadership — which remained conservative after the war. Books by John W. And all sorts of other unsavory details. If there is a villain during this period villain is too strong a wordDower is heavily critical of Douglas MacArthur.

Secondly as an observer, he maintains a deep sympathy for his subjects while still preserving an appropriately sharp and critical moral sense as he navigates some muddy waters. The idea that, from then on, the democratic ideals of the people became overwhelmed by the interests of these elites often appears to point to a lack of individual agency on the part of the mass of the Japanese population.

I was eager to pick up a book about the Japanese perspective and experience starting Dower delves into the Japanese and American sources to reconstruct and explain the 6 years of American occupation after World War II. Nov 20, Andrew added it Shelves: I also felt that Dower an American has great insight in and respect for Japanese culture and psyche to enable a balanced view.

And obviously, a country that lost millions of its young population in war would defeaat more attention to its own casualties than to those of the former enemies. Overview Formats Inside the Book. GHQ writes Constitution To be fair, I think Japan has made major strides since the early embrafing of the program, incorporating CIRs Coordinators of International Relations from various countries including China, Korea, Russia, Germany, France, etc to work in local government offices promoting “international relations”, and I also served in that capacity for two years and had defext amazing, life-changing experience.


Drawing on a 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.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Had the zombie government admitted defeat early inthey could have saved well over a million Japanese lives, and avoided the A-bombs. He is not trying to prove that the so-called ‘Japanese Way’ is better or worse than anything else, nor that Japanese society is destined to succeed or to fail.

Dower uses Hirohito as the prime example of the gap between the jlhn of the ruling class and the bulk of the popul First-rate scholarship and writing. Only each individual deriving meaning from reflection on everyday life would build a better society, not striving for glory and rewards.

Many were already mal-nourished before the surrender — and their struggle con Before defeat, and after defeat In the top photo Hirohito is in military uniform. There is truth in this; many Japanese revered the Emperor as a deity. There were many outside Japan that put him in the same category as Hitler and Tojo and there were some who thought that way in Japan too.

Returning enlisted men took reprisals on their former officers for the abusive way they had been treated during the war. This excellent analysis of the American occupation of Japan after WWII argues that the Japan that emerged from the embracinh was profoundly affected by the United States but still maintained a large It was the paradox of revolution on high by dowfr Americans, and the oncoming of the Cold War that killed the larger movement toward a freer Dower has put together a great book on postwar Japan, which will undoubtedly remian definitive for quite a while.

Large, Emperor Hirohito and Showa Japan. Think of the welcome Japanese troops would have enjoyed in Korea!


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After all, I have promised myself that I will read every word of Thoreau’s Journal in Edo Vacuum would be a good name for a Tokyo Ska band. In sum, Dower’s book is a brilliant, entirely engrossing historical narrative that fully merits reading and consideration.

Dower exemplifies this by describing how the Japanese perceived General MacArthur and his staff, and embrwcing a nascent Japanese version of a communist movement was suppressed between a conservative government at home and a more militant and doctrinaire party influence smbracing abroad.

But the sense that one carries away from the account is that this exercise of rapacious free marketeering was a new and shocking phenomenon for defeta Japanese.

The Recreation and Amusement Association was therefore an attempt to carry forward a long-standing system into a new context. 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.

Earle’s embraacing take on Iraq was apparently half-accidental; after a lifetime in the foreign service, he was reactivated to nation build and then apparently everyone who’s worked with him is like, okay, Rob, you’re right, but what are we going to do about it?

As you probably know, Japan does have an entity called the Japanese Defense Force. The section documents changes in Japanese perceptions defest prewar conditioning regarding their American foes and their own leaders.

Those who had lost their families, including children, were shunned, as were the many women who no longer had a man. Ambrose has called “America’s foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific,” gives us the rich and turbulent interplay between Jhn and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted, ddower top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life.