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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The second is a detailed reconstruction of the initial phase of constitutional and political ‘reform from above’, paying particular attention to the rehabilitation of the emperor, the genesis of the new constitution, and the Tokyo war crimes trials.

Part four of Dower’s book focuses on the place of Emperor Hirohito in Japan postwar. The family owned zaibatsu were dismantled a new more efficient oligarchy, the keiretsu, established. 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.

But this ignores the history of wartime black markets. Nevertheless, Dower does an excellent job painting a vivid picture of defeated Japan, with foreigners occupying their lands– the latter still ongoing and certainly shaping contemporary Japanese culture an politics.

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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The American occupation that lasted from to forever changed the course of history in shaping Japan’s future and consequently its role in the region and the world. Words and phrases necessarily carried past resonances too, and possibilities of moving on coexisted with temptations of crossing back.


Hirohito managed to transfer himself from the head of the Imperial Japanese Army to become the Emperor of peace and a new Japan that was to have non-militarism as a basis of government.

To edfeat this deprivation, Mac Arthur and the US administrators did little; rather they focused on demilitarization, prosecuting war criminals and democratization.

In some ways I wonder if it is wrong to credit Dower for the success of this book. Those who had lost their families, including children, were shunned, as were the many women who no longer had a man.

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Embracing Defeat focuses on social and cultural development and popular consciousness within Japan. SCAP had idled much of Japanese industry when it broke up the consortium of family owned large corporations known as zaibatsu. MacArthur was the new autocratic leader of Japan. The spectacle that so amuses and provokes here is a matter of historical record, after all. The US invested more in Japan because When I was growing up, my father wouldn’t have been caught dead with either a German or Japanese car in his driveway!

Dec 24, If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The style is definitely academic, but I never found it dull, and Dower skewers views when they deserve to be skewered. But the irony cower a backseat to even-handed analysis, balanced reporting and a well-built foundation of impressively researched sources.

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This involves jokes, signs, popular sayings, song lyrics, local movies, best-seller lists, letters-to-the-editor, national statistics, hirings and firings, philology, court records, diaries, and so very much more.


Why I started it: I’m trying to learn more about the history and dowerr of Japan. I didn’t get much from his opinions. I think the Japanese, all in all, benefitted from the occupation.

Not much of this by direct American intentions — the legacy of the Occupation is mixed and tangled. The Japanese appear much more diverse and complex with behavior dictated by their circumstances.

Their attitudes towards their leaders quickly turned to ones reflecting their sense of betrayal and loss.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

He kept aloof from the populace only dealing with a few top leaders. On the other han Simply among the most spell-binding books ever.

Other editions – View all Embracing Defeat: If you are an American and curious about democracy and foreign policy, read it. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Japan’s economic and fower ascendency post WWII was a byproduct of a confluence of several forces a few of which are listed here: It is mishmash of material. By the end of the Occupation, those goals had largely been abandoned in favour of making Japan a stable ally and client state in the fight against communism.

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