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The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography

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The Rape of Nanjing was one of the worst atrocities committed during World War II. On December 13, 1937, the Japanese army captured the city of Nanjing, then the capital of wartime China. According to the International Military Tribunal, during the ensuing massacre 20,000 Chinese men of military age were killed and approximately 20,000 cases of rape occurred; in all, the t ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 5th 2000 by University of California Press (first published February 4th 2000)
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Shomeret
May 27, 2012 Shomeret rated it it was amazing
After reviewing The Nanjing Massacre by Honda Katsuichi last month, I decided to pursue the subject further. I found The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography edited by Joshua A. Fogel in the sources of the Wikipedia article on Honda Katsuichi.

One of the problems in historical discussion of this event is what the editor of this anthology calls "the numbers game". Greater numbers of dead are supposed to lend more significance. The numbers for the Nanjing Massacre depend on what is inclu
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Myles
Aug 08, 2015 Myles rated it it was amazing
These essays examine the event known to us as The Nanjing Massacre through a historiographic lens. That is this is not so much as a historical rendering of the event, a troublingly vague word, as it happened as it examines how the events was percieved in China as well as Japan as it happened, right after World War II and in the decades following. Perceptions of the event have changed remarkably according to the needs of the people involved and their descendents, the politics of both countries an ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 27, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
Historiography is those things that relate to an event in history, such as all the research done, all the books, magazines, photographs, etc, that relate to the event.

This book examines the Nanjing Massacre in relation to how the U.S., Chinese and Japanese learned about it and what they think about it. It goes into a lot of material on Japanese textbooks and how they handled, or did not handle, the massacre. It also brings up a lot of very interesting material on how China itself did not really
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Julia
Mar 24, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it
This was a very nice collection of essays about the historiography of the Nanjing Massacre. It contains:

Foreword by Charles S. Maier
Introduction by Joshua A. Fogel
Chinese Historiography of the Massacre by Mark Eykholt
A Battle Over History in Japan by Takashi Yoshida
The Challenges of the Nanjing Massacre by Daqing Yang

A substantial amount of this book is endnotes, bibliography, glossary and index. The actual essays are about sixty pages long.

Daqing Yang's essay delved deep into the methodology an
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Salvatore Leone
May 07, 2010 Salvatore Leone rated it it was amazing
A very well written book about a terrible subject, one of the worst atrocities committed during the second world war.
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