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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Refresh and try again. They were “functional” experts; not Japan experts. Dower handles these complex themes skillfully. Much of the book is “social history”- a depiction not so much of the leading characters and figures, but of sociological and economic trends. By signing up you agree to W. To view it, click here. Page Renovation and iconoclasm [in Japan] were strains as deeply embedded in consciousness as were the reverence for the past or acquiescence to the powers that be.

Back to 1 H. But just as in the States, once the New Dealers were purged and the world descended into the Cold War, Japanese communists were rounded up and power was handed back to the conservative business types. Dower tells the truth from a perspective of respect and sympathy for the Japanese. Back to 2 J.

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.

Personal tools Log in. The American Occupation flooded Japan with democracy, women’s rights and new modes of education, but at the same time it left economic reconstruction up to the country’s Japanese leadership — which remained conservative after johb war. So a small U. Hirohito tried to humanize himself by emulating the British monarchy and going out amongst his people now and then.


The Communists were winning in China and the Defeta Union was close to obtaining the nuclear bomb. This book is impressive in scope and detail I’ve seldom used as many tags to describe a book: Licensed prostitutes were seen as filial daughters who became prostitutes for ‘legitimate’ reasons to support their families and fulfil national needs.

Before and during the war, the Japanese state had bullied or seduced embracingg into support or conformity with a remarkable degree of success. This is something that essentially emerged with U. Firstly, as a narrator, he holds a vast canvas together. He looks first at the social history, and uses that to build the political issues. Furthermore, though it is a dense pages, it is a highly readable and strikingly approachable text.

But refeat enormity of the task of returning 5. But, in this well-researched and ambitious volume, John Dower attempts to understand the hopes, visions and dreams as well as the hopelessness and exhaustion of the defeated Japanese as they sought to remake their identity and values in the aftermath of war. In addition to authoring many books and articles about Japan and the United States in war and peace, he is a founder and codirector of the online “Visualizing Cultures” project established at MIT in and dedicated to the presentation of image-driven scholarship on East Asia in the modern world.

I also felt that Dower an American has great insight in and respect for Japanese culture and psyche to enable a balanced view. There is also a lot of context for the lives of normal people during this time period; the hardships they faced and the ways that they found to sink or to swim.

Embracing Defeat

Dec 16, Leslie rated it really liked it Shelves: They endured the occupation by McArthur and the U. This is not the book to read if what you are looking for is the defrat history of the Occupation Forces in Japan. By campaigning for a wage that could support a family throughout the s, the unions ultimately forced women out of the workplace and back into the home as housewives and mothers.


Instead of a bastion of peace Japan was now expected to be an arsenal in the fight against global communism. Jan 21, Mikey B.

Professor Steven Tolliday University of Leeds. Harootunian, Overcome by Modernity: To ask other readers questions about Embracing Defeatplease sign up. The two most riveting chapters tell how fewer than 10 lawyers on MacArthur’s staff none experienced in Constitutional law wrote Japan’s post-war Constitution in under a week. The large banks were not broken up. Almost no deteat intellectual opposition remained. General MacArthur moves from a saviour to a colonialist with one poorly chosen defeag.

I can only describe my experience of reading this particular book.

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Dower’s book is an excellent addition. Prostitution proliferated to service the hundreds of thousands of American GIs. Already regarded as the benchmark in its field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order.

Discarding a conservative Japanese government draft, GHQ wrote one in secret in a week with three values provided by MacArthur: What a pity the militarists managed to take control of the Japanese government! If you are thinking about reading this book, those are where to start.

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It becomes difficult to explain the lurch to the right embracnig the end of the occupation and the domination of a single political party for the best part of 40 years unless we build a broader picture of the ambivalence of the Ddfeat towards these ideas at the end of the war. But it may also help to explain the rather uncritical embrace of fairly wooden sorts of Marxism in certain sectors of university life which emerged from this time. Given the existence of rationing, everyone who ever took any economic course can predict the appearance of a black market.