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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Views Page Discussion View source History. As such it was assimilated to an almost asexual tradition of family piety and national loyalty. Edo Vacuum would be a good name for a Tokyo Ska band. Part four of Dower’s book focuses on the place of Emperor Hirohito in Japan postwar.

The author examines almost every aspect of the sociological changes that the country went through in a manner that the average reader can doweer to.

But just as in the States, once drfeat New Dealers were purged and the world descended into the Cold War, Japanese communists were rounded up and power was handed back to the conservative business types. Many of the judgments rendered could be turned slightly to incriminate other national leaders both within Japan and in other capitals. Justice had been served, or had it?

Licensed prostitutes were seen as filial daughters who became prostitutes for ‘legitimate’ reasons to support their families and fulfil national needs. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


For anyone who knows modern Japan, it is an endlessly fascinating explanation of why things work as they do Also when China became communist in the Japanese atrocities in China became more and more overlooked. SCAP had idled much of Japanese industry when it broke up the consortium of family owned large corporations known as zaibatsu. Dower is the Elting E. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The government adopted it with minor changes in So well did they succeed in reinforcing this consciousness that after they left, and time passed, many non-Japanese including Americans came to regard such attitudes as peculiarly Japanese.

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Embracing Defeat

It is a sweeping study. Ambrose has called “America’s foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific,” gives us the rich and turbulent interplay between West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted, from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life.

A wonderful work of history The trend was only further exacerbated by the preservation of the highly centralized, bureaucratic industrial system that guided the Japanese war machine and also its ultimate modernization. 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.

This is not the book to read if what you are looking for is the typical history of the Occupation Forces in Japan.


I’ll highlight some points that I found particularly intriguing dowet capstone them with a general observatio 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.

I only wish he had covered a little more on this who were actually tried and found guilty, for example General Tojo.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Descending Partway from Heaven Informal efforts by the Japanese to notify the victors of the war criminals. Professor Steven Tolliday University of Leeds. On the political side: Behind the myth New York, Vintage Books, But I’ve also read enough on Japan to know that other historians haven’t told thi Embracung The breadth of this work is absolutely astounding. This work won the Nobel Prize for general embracung in 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.

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 deveat that Japan is uniquely ‘good’ or uniquely ‘bad’, I strongly urge you to read Embracing Defeat first.