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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Dower clearly explains how this was done. While there are many books which focus on the European Theater, the Nuremberg Trials, and post-war Germany perhaps because of the many Cold Embrracing implications inherent in the reconstruction of post-war Europevery little well-known work has been done on post-war Japan.

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Jul 26, Embracinf rated it it was amazing Shelves: A very few foreigners were granted entry visa. And he places them against the background of an American Occupation which was at once high-minded and visionary, arrogant and imperialist. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Defeatt spectacle that so amuses and provokes here is a matter of historical record, after all.

I also felt that Dower an American has great insight in and respect for Japanese culture and psyche to enable a balanced view.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Sheldon Garon, Molding Japanese Minds. He kept aloof from the dowfr only dealing with a few top leaders. 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.

Well written and fascinating book.

The amount of research and work that has gone into the book is regardless very impressive, and a staggering achievement, but I just cannot read it, which is a shame as it is a subject I dearly wish to learn more about.

Similarly, I had a hard time bringing together the patriotism and sense of sacrifice of Japanese prostitutes with the playboy atmosphere that was embracing American cinema and pop music. The author describes the difference between US ambitions to reform Japanese politics and doweer warm fuzzy approach the US adopted to feed, nurture, and rebuild a ravaged Europe.


Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan Paperback. It was a symbol of national shame and a conduit for new American values of luxury, hedonism, and materialism that were eagerly embraced.

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There were many outside Japan that put him in the same category as Hitler and Tojo and there were some who thought that way embrracing Japan too. I can just barely begin to imagine the quality of life for the Japanese, apart from the highest reaches of the elite, during the early years of occupation.

Before defeat, and after defeat In the top photo Hirohito is in military uniform. Those who had lost their families, including children, were shunned, as were the many women who no longer had a man.

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. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Jun 12, Jerome rated it really liked it. Most had been complicit with the military regime and thus had lost respect of the people. It was the paradox of revolution on high by the 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.

Thanks to both of them for embrading reviews! Power and pageantry in modern Japan Berkeley, University of California Press, February Due to outstanding work commitments the author has not yet been able to respond to this review.

Many of the judgments rendered could be turned slightly to incriminate other national leaders both within Japan and in other capitals. And by earlyit was obvious to the Japanese elites that the war was lost, and the internal search for deefat to blame had begun.

Race and Power in the Pacific War. The Japanese appear much more diverse and complex with behavior dictated by their circumstances. Nov 20, Diane rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The black market was endemic not only providing necessities but American goods often procured from GIs. Many were already mal-nourished before the surrender — and their struggle continued. The embracijg 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!


The depth of loss and confusion which the Japanese people experienced is vividly conveyed, notably in Dower’s accounts of the huge scale of social displacement and missing persons, and the long-drawn out period of ‘food-wretchedness’.

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In latea majority decision sentenced seven to the gallows, sixteen to life, one to twenty years and one to seven. Dower, whom Stephen E. Both the Americans and the Japanese used the other to help define post-war Japan. With a trip embraccing 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.

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

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Even in the pits of despair, people were reshaping their future identity and discovering new aspirations. The book is organized in six parts, organized by theme and loosely focusing on each the years between the Japanese surrender in and when the occupation officially ended.

The serendipities of fine-grained history. But I’ve also read enough on Japan to know that other historians haven’t told this story, defeaat it is this very story that is worth telling.

Wholesale looting of supplies prior to the American arrival. Even the central position of the Emperor as a national figurehead and his protection from the Tokyo tribunals were desperately pushed by SCAP officials.

I learned more than I ever would have thought possible. If you are interested in Japanese history, read it.