John W. Dower Japan in War and Peace

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More than any historian of his generation, John Dower has changed the way we view our relations with Japan. In his prize-winning War Without Mercy, Dower showed the depth of the racial antagonism that gave the war in the Pacific its particularly violent and brutal tone. In Japan in War and Peace, he examines unexplored continuities and connections in Japanese politics, economics, and society at large. Drawing on decades of experience and research, Dower highlights resemblances between wartime, postwar, and contemporary Japan. He argues persuasively that the origins of many of the institutions responsible for Japan's dominant position in today's global economy derive from the rapid military industrialization of the 1930s and not from the post-Occupation period, as many have assumed. The brilliant lead essay, "The Useful War, " sets the tone for the volume by incisively showing how much of Japan's postwar political and economic structure was prefigured in the wartime organization of that country. Japan in War and Peace goes beyond the popular images of Japanese culture - whether the idea of the "fanatical nation at war" or the mystified vision of a postwar "economic miracle" - to examine the tensions within Japanese society that have shaped its outlook toward the rest of Asia and the West. These pathbreaking essays also deal with such subjects as Japanese wartime cinema, Japan's own hapless attempts to build an atomic bomb, the social upheaval revealed in the secret wartime records of the Thought Police, and the dynamics of the postwar U.S. Occupation of Japan. Dower's final essays frankly discuss the stereotypes that Japan and the United States used to demonize each other during the war,which to this day play a role in their relations as allies. This new book from one of the foremost American observers of contemporary Japan is essential reading for all people attempting to understand a nation that has emerged as one of the superpowers in a fast-changing world.

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"Here, Dower offers a collection of essays on Japan and its complex relations with the U.S. over the past half century." —Kirkus Reviews

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'Japan in War and Peace' examines subjects as diverse as Japanese wartime cinema, the country’s attempts to acquire the atomic bomb, the social upheaval revealed in the wartime records of the Thought Police, the social effects of American occupation and, in ‘The Useful War’, how Japan’s post-war economic success was prefigured in the country’s wartime organisation. The book goes beyond the popular images of Japanese culture – whether the idea of a ‘fanatical nation at war’ or mystified vision of a post-war ‘economic miracle’ – to reveal previously unexplored continuities in Japanese politics and economics and the profound tensions within society at large that have shaped its outlook toward the rest of Asia and the West.

“Few scholars combine as well as Dower the close and meticulous study of the fine detail of the historical record with long shots from unexpected angles and into hidden thickets...his writing [is] informed by a commitment to social movements, a sympathy for those who are outside the circles of power and privilege, and a disdain for orthodoxy...Dower has a profound understanding and empathy for Japan and a strong independent moral sense.”
GAVAN McCORMACK, 'TLS'

“Dower’s essays devastate the myth promoted by Japanese propaganda, of ‘one hundred million hearts beating as one’ in loyalty to homeland and emperor. He is sensitively alive to the subtlety and humanity of Japanese films which – in contrast to Hollywood tub-thumbing – treated war as kind of natural disaster and extolled the purity of spirit of ordinary people. He points to deep divisions in society which frightened the rulers of Japan’s militaristic police state – between conservatives and modernises, between middling and big businessmen, and, above all, between rich and poor.”
ANGUS CALDER, 'Scotland on Sunday'

“A showcase of essay-writing by one of the premier scholars of modern Japanese history...lucidly written, extremely enlightening and carefully researched...this book offers a shining example of the historian as essayist. As a perceptive and passionate essayist, John Dower has something to say, and as a historian he uses his superb research and writing skills to say it well. And as for bringing these concise and cogent essays together in one text, we who study and teach Japanese history stand to benefit greatly.”
WAYNE McWILLIAMS, ' Journal of Asian Studies'

“Admirable...thoughtful, informative and well written...[these essays] foster a better and more sympathetic understanding of the Japanese and their culture.”
EDWARD CHANCELLOR, 'Literary Review'

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