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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Dower tells the truth from a perspective of respect and sympathy for the Japanese. Those with the least suffered the most as their homes easily fed the huge fires from incendiary bombings. Overview Formats Inside the Book. A profound and moving book, the best history ever written of Japan and its relations to the United States after the Second World War.

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Drawing on a vast range of Japanese sources and illustrated with dozens of astonishing documentary photographs, Embracing Defeat is the fullest and most important history of the more than six years of American occupation, which affected every level of Japanese society, often in ways neither side could anticipate. He dowe in Boston, Massachusetts. They dressed the publicly awkward Hirohito in civilian garb and sent him on tours to meet the people to humanize him in a public relations campaign.

All too often, Dower fall into the trap of this kind of writing – describing things that, for any observer with the slightest knowledge of the society, would seem patently obvious. I’ll highlight some points that I found particularly intriguing and capstone them with a general observation: Other authors might have treated these themes quite separately, but Dower intertwines them.


What were the continuities in crime and bureaucratic tolerance? If they were Asian experts, they tended to have focused more on China than Japan, He lived in splendid isolation from his own proconsular dominion.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

That side of the story was certainly interesting, but it distracted from the focus of the story and took away pages that could have been devoted to other topics better told from Japanese history. If you are a seller for this product, would embracibg like to suggest updates through seller support? I do wonder, after reading how the US has patronized the Japanese and limited their growth by denying them most military options, whether Japan will always be our faithful international friend.

Dower, whom Stephen E. Dower’s section on the aforementioned Constitution is his most successful, as he quite convincingly argues that the United States quickly and thoroughly dictated this constitution to the Japanese; ironic, as it was to put a democratic government in place.

Jun 08, Max rated it it was amazing Shelves: Other editions – View all Embracing Defeat: Had the zombie government admitted defeat defeqt inthey could have saved well over a million Japanese lives, and avoided the A-bombs. Industry had been obliterated leaving few places to live or work. A marvelous piece of reporting and analysis.


Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower

People sold whatever they had including their bodies just for food. So a small U. Unusually for writers discussing Japan, he has no axe to grind.

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 dowdr Japan after World War II.

MacArthur was the new autocratic leader of Japan. The black market was endemic not only providing necessities but American goods often procured from GIs.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Otherwise it would be too rich in detail and fine distinctions to hold your interest.

Embracing Defeat

It would be difficult to deny that, partly because prior to defeat in WWII Japan was such a stratified, rigid, closed society even within the ranks of the “pure” Japanese.

Although it is a long serious book—and often heartbreaking—I never felt overwhelmed by the detail. If you emrbacing thinking about reading this book, those are where to start. Drugs, Dreams, and the Making of Modern China.

What you do get is a really interesting procedure about how Japan’s political system was largely a product of American practicality. American expediency overrode moral values, just what America saw in Japan before the war.