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Japan in War and Peace: Selected Essays

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Drawing on decades of experience and research, John W. Dower, author of the award-winning War Without Mercy, highlights for the first time the resemblances between wartime, postwar, and contemporary Japan. He argues persuasively that the origins of many of the institutions responsible for Japan's dominant position in today’s global economy derive from the rapid military in ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by The New Press (first published 1994)
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Simon Wood
Jan 27, 2014 Simon Wood rated it it was amazing
DOWER ON JAPAN

I came to this book having already read John Dowers ground breaking and award winning "Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Aftermath of World War II", a book that I enjoyed immensely, and I wasn't disappointed in this earlier collection of essays.

The essays are well written and though they cover a period in time from the Meiji era (1868) to the early 1990's most of them are anchored around the 1930's to the 1950's. Dower is eclectic in his choice of subjects, everything from wartime an
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Chelsea Szendi
May 07, 2010 Chelsea Szendi rated it really liked it
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This is a really good book to read select essays with undergraduates, especially the one on perceptions of race across the Pacific. Dower makes a strong argument for constructing a transwar chronology for Japanese history (rather than an emphatic break at 1945) with the figure of Yoshida Shigeru.
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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 ...more
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