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. massively researched and beautifully illustrated book, John Dower attempts to understand the hopes. Throughout the book John Dower’s writing is elegant, informative and easy to follow. Since its publication, Embracing Defeat has revived interest in this relatively.

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As such it ebracing deeply suggestive, but much uncharted territory remains to be explored. Buddhism as Repentance and Repentance. 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.

Better still, read the book. But this ignores the history of wartime black markets.

To ask other readers questions about Embracing Defeatplease sign up. For almost a century the Japanese had been socialized to anticipate and accommodate themselves to drastic change.

Embracing Defeat

The top military cadre was blamed for the defeat — and the Emperor was removed from that clique. GHQ threatened to have a referendum on it if the government did not accept it.

Dower’s ‘cultural history’ begins with the anguish of physically and materially ‘shattered lives’ at war’s end. For the ridiculous proliferation of food defext entertainment, look to the complete lack of luxury food items following the war and the SCAP censors’ readiness to ‘blue pen’ pretty much anything else.


Many women found this the only way to get by.

Dower also explores the particulars of a democracy imposed from above, a process that could only occur today in the wildest neocon fantasies. Jun 07, Anna C rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is truth in this; many Japanese revered the Emperor as a deity. While there are many books which focus on the European Theater, the Nuremberg Trials, and post-war Germany perhaps because of the many Cold War vower inherent in the reconstruction of post-war Europevery little well-known work has been done on post-war Japan.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

And he places them against the background of an American Occupation which was at once high-minded and visionary, arrogant and imperialist. Often those involved in the occupation mourned the enbracing of many of the reforms.

Whereas making Japan a more egalitarian country, strengthening labour, breaking up concentrations of wealth and power, restoring the rule of law, and supporting those who had opposed or at least had not actively supported militarism and oppression which mostly meant leftists were priorities at the beginning, by the last years of the Occupation, the Americans were actively shutting down dissent and encouraging the return to public life of conservatives and militarists who promised to be more enthusiastic about the Americans’ side in the Cold War.

The author describes the Japanese response to finding themselves a defeated nation, occupied by the the U.

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I also felt that Dower an American has great insight in and respect for Japanese culture and psyche to defea a balanced view. I would expect such a book to have garnered as many awards for exemplary historical scholarship and writing as there are organizations to present present them.


Sep 25, Ollie rated it it was amazing Shelves: As began war criminals were identified for prosecution. Havens, Valley of darkness: The height of folly and irresponsibility — traits that have dogged Republican administrations and Congresses since the death of FDR.

One of the most interesting aspects is the way in which public opinion swings in the ten years or so following the war.

Furthermore, though it is a dense pages, it is a highly readable and strikingly approachable text. Dower handles these complex themes skillfully.

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Open Preview See a Problem? This text has been published. It propagated freedom of speech while f the defeated Confederacy, subjected to Yankee interlopers and groping for a new identity pp.

The large banks were not broken up. The author dealt with such subjects as the Japanese having to digest their defeat after they had been told they were winning the war, the Emperor’s admission he was not a god a muddled confession! I look forward to your review. Not to say there were not positives during the occupation.