The American Occupation of Japan: The Origins of the Cold War in Asia by Michael Schaller

The American Occupation of Japan: The Origins of the Cold War in Asia

byMichael Schaller

Paperback | September 1, 1994

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In this novel and intriguing book, Michael Schaller traces the origins of the Cold War in Asia to the postwar occupation of Japan by U.S. troops. Determined to secure Japan as a bulwark against both Soviet expansion and Asian revolution, the U.S. instituted ambitious social and economicreforms under the direction of the flamboyant Occupation Commander, General Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur was later denounced by the Truman Administration as a "bunko artist" who had wrecked Japan's economy and opened it to Communist influence, and power was shifted to Japan's old elite. Cut offfrom its former trading partners, which were now all Communist-controlled, Japan, with U.S. backing, turned its attention to the rich but unstable Southeast Asian states. The stage was thus set for U.S. intervention in China, Korea, and Vietnam.

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Michael Schaller, Professor History at the University of Arizona, is author of The U.S. Crusade in China, 1938-45 and The U.S. and China in the Twentieth Century.

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Title:The American Occupation of Japan: The Origins of the Cold War in AsiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195051904

ISBN - 13:9780195051902

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"A lively and informative book on the American occupation of 1Japan....invigorating, scholarly, and engaging."--Science and Society