Dimensions: 416 pages
Published: August 1, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0393046869
ISBN - 13: 9780393046861
From the Publisher
John Dower, distinguished historian of modern Japan, casts his eye on the immediate aftermath of World War II. Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources, this new study illuminates how shattering defeat followed by over six years of American military occupation affected every level of Japanese society in ways that neither the victor nor the vanquished could anticipate. The great achievement of Embracing Defeat lies in its vivid portrayal of the countless ways in which the Japanese met the challenge of "starting over" - from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, and activities of ordinary men and women in every walk of life. This is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary moment in history, when new values warred with old and early ideals of demilitarization and radical reform were soon challenged by the United States''s decision to incorporate Japan into the Cold War Pax Americana.
From Our Editors
Following a devastating Second World War defeat and more than six years of American military occupation, Japanese society was in a state of flux. What forces have shaped modern Japan? This is the fascinating question leading historian John W. Dower explores in Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II. This definitive history zeroes in on this exciting period of change and reconstruction, where old values were pitted against new and dynamic counter-cultures. This is an illuminating look at an incredible chapter in modern Japanese history.