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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The Japanese saw themselves as too technologically backward to have won. A penetrating analysis of Japan in the aftermath of defeat MacArthur feared that if Hirohito were removed from the embracijg, Japan would descend into chaos.

MacArthur et al revolved around “saving” the emperor from being blamed and being forced to step down Emperor Hirohito is a major character, fmbracing Douglas MacArthur and company adamant about preserving the monarchy for the sake of stability.

For instance, he gives a lot of stories on the food shortages following the surrender, but no information on what caused them. The countryside and the peasantry are almost wholly absent from this picture and, most likely, a quite different story would require to be told there.

Paperbackpages. I felt like I’d just completed a graduate level course in postwar Japanese history.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Professor Steven Tolliday, review of Embracing Defeat. References to this book Women on the Verge: Norton Company first published They endured the occupation by McArthur and the U. Already regarded as the benchmark in fower field, Embracing Defeat is a work of colossal scholarship and history of the very first order.


Large, Emperor Hirohito and Showa Japan. But you have to be interested in Japan to enjoy reading it.

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Building on an occupational legacy of centralized economic direction, government and industry could now work closely together without the need to fund a large military.

The Constitution starts as an idealistic and deliberately restrictive declaration of pacifism and becomes an obstacle in the Cold War.

During the War, this system flowed seamlessly into the ‘comfort women’ system for servicing the Japanese soldiery. Dower’s section on embracinh 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.

Embracing Defeat

Dower also explores the particulars of a democracy imposed from above, a process that could only occur today in the wildest neocon fantasies. Has the hunger situation come under control? View all 14 comments. This, in itself, is not a original insight or a revelation.

When I was growing up, my father wouldn’t have been caught dead with either a German or Japanese car in his driveway! This was an exercise in justice that some of the non-U. These reversals in stance are even more remarkable when one remembers that such films were not intended for an audience of historical scholars, but ordinary soldiers whose thought processes were much less sophisticated.


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Any reference to censorship itself was also prohibited. As Dower summarises it, no-one grieved over the defeat, but neither did they face its responsibility head on. All of this is stimulating and finely done.

Similarly, the world of industrial workers is somewhat lightly touched on. Embracing Defeat focuses on social and cultural development and popular consciousness within Japan. Dower covers culture, the occupation’s goals and thoughts, the “justice” that was imposed, and finally the boom from the Korean War. Deffat with This Book.