John W. Dower





John W. Dower

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John W. Dower is the author of Embracing Defeat, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; War without Mercy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Cultures of War. He is professor emeritus of history at MIT. 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 2002 and dedicated to the presentation of image-driven scholarship on East Asia in the modern world. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.


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War Without Mercy: Race and...
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“What Pyle told his impressive audience, right away, was that the enemy in Asia was different. "In Europe we felt that our enemies, horrible and deadly as they were, were still people," he explained in one of his first reports from the Pacific. "But out here I soon gathered that the Japanese were looked upon as something subhuman and repulsive; the way some people feel about cockroaches or mice." To Pyle himself, this seemed a perfectly appropriate response, for he went on to describe how, soon after arriving, he had seen some Japanese prisoners in a fenced-in enclosure. "They were wrestling and laughing and talking just like normal human beings," he wrote. "And yet they gave me the creeps, and I wanted a mental bath after looking at them.”
John W. Dower, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War

“The occupation of Japan was the last immodest exercise in the colonial conceit known as “the white man’s burden.”2”
John W. Dower, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

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