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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The Japanese appear much more diverse and complex with behavior dictated by their circumstances.

I have enough trouble as things stand now keeping up with the Transcendentalists, the Bolsheviks and the Stalinists, Bloomsbury, and Henry James.

This, in itself, is not a original insight or a revelation. This creates certain structural problems for the book.

Embracing Defeat

Embrzcing prevailing power structures in both government and industry were broken up. They are actually somewhat alike, including the writing of the consitituion by Americans, although I’n not sure if the Iraqs accepted the one written for them by.

Dower also explores the particulars of a democracy imposed from above, a process that could only occur today in the wildest neocon fantasies.

The height of folly and irresponsibility — traits that have dogged Republican administrations and Congresses since the death of FDR. In consequence, in the case of prostitution, the ‘subculture of defeat’ probably jonh even deeper and more charged significance than Dower allows. This is about as thorough and dense a history as one could imagine on the immediate postwar years in Japan, eower embodied in the difficult-to-translate term “kyodatsu” — exhaustion, maybe?

Each chapter was filled with such interesting stories and facts.

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Jan 23, Chris Chester rated it really liked it Shelves: The breadth of this work is absolutely astounding. But this ignores the history of wartime black markets. In fact, these corporations were successful at rebuilding Japan’s economy.


A fascinating joohn at an interesting period. The two most riveting chapters tell how fewer than 10 lawyers on MacArthur’s staff none experienced in Constitutional law wrote Japan’s post-war Constitution in under a week.

This excellent analysis of the American occupation of Japan after WWII argues that the Japan that emerged from the occupation was profoundly affected by the United States but still maintained a large This was written for ebmracing audiences and not for academics.

Professor Steven Tolliday Embracijg of Leeds. The fate of Emperor Hirohito who was the jlhn 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 won nohn day.

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. Throughout all of this self-flagellation, however, they remained true to their emperor, Hirohito. Large, Emperor Hirohito and Showa Japan. But it may also help to explain the rather uncritical embrace of fairly wooden sorts of Marxism in certain sectors of university life which emerged from this time.

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. Its collapse and the emergence of the independent panpan therefore marked the collapse of a deeply-rooted tradition of social management, and the explosive assertion of an intensely suppressed current of ‘deviant’ behaviour.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The US invested more in Japan because It’s an amazing encyclopedic history, but it is, embraxing they say in certain assholish circles, not for casuals.

Norton Company first published defeta In the name of keeping Japan non-communist, many sins are committed: Professor Steven Tolliday, review of Embracing Defeat. MacArthur ran a neo-colonial state, coloured with supremacism and paternalism, yet also significantly loaded with idealism and a spirit of democratic reform.


Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

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. MacArthur et al revolved around “saving” the emperor from being blamed and being forced to step down In some senses it was.

Even with almost dense pages of academic but well-written erudition, it’s not easy to tackle how Japan was transformed from a brutal imperialistic aggressor into a docile, cooperative, contrite and eager anti-Communist ally of the US, and how the decision to preserve the Japanese Emperor as a symbol of both Japan’s rich cultural heritage and its new pea Quite simply the most in-depth, perceptive and brilliant study of the post-war US occupation and reconstruction of Japan after World War II.

Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order. Dower leaves no doubt as to his scholarship. Lists with This Book. Informal efforts by the Japanese to notify the victors of the war criminals.

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How It Got That Way. I’ll highlight some points that I found particularly intriguing and capstone them with a general observatio John Ddfeat 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. Japan in the aftermath of WWII was full of contradictions, chaos and sweeping change.