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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The new Japanese leadership concurred in this strategy. Ambrose has called “America’s foremost historian of the Second World War in the Pacific,” gives us the rich and turbulent interplay between West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a way never before attempted, from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of men and women in every walk of life.

Published June 17th by W. Yes, millions of rural folk participated in the war effort, but embrwcing the war, and afterward, relatively few came back Concepts such as democracy, liberalism and equality had their own history in the country dating back to the Meiji Era. Last September Japan’s never-amended constitution was reinterpreted to expand the authority of its self-defence force so that it could come to the aid of Japan’s allies if they were attacked.

And the suffering, up to starvation, of the poor civilians. Thanks to both of them for their reviews!


Against this background of economic and social misery, however, Dower is also concerned to locate the transformative effects of defeat. Embracing Defeat captures the complex nuances of the lived experiences of a people in the midst of a fundamental social and political transformation. Embracing Defeat is a richly researched, beautifully illustrated and elegantly written account of the period of the US-led emracing of Japan from —52, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the US National Book Award, among others.

Other editions – View all Embracing Defeat: There is also a lot of context doweer the lives of normal people during this time period; the hardships they faced and the ways that they found to sink or to swim. Despite the fact that Japanese governments had attempted to set up the most minute and totalitarian system of food-control during the war, the rigidities, unreality, and bureaucratic incapacity of the system meant that the Japanese war economy had come to depend massively on de facto tolerated black markets in the later years of the war.

I have never wholly understood the American insistence on protecting and shielding the Emperor from any serious blame or questioning about his role in Japan’s turn to fascism in the first two decades of his reign.

Trivia About Embracing Defeat Imagine a country entirely encapsulated and isolated from the rest of the world. It reads as a collection of essays placed end-to-end, which in my opinion is the worst way to write about history. American-Pacific political and economic relations?

The Emperor moves from an irrelevance to a national figurehead. They dressed the publicly doqer Hirohito in civilian garb and sent him on tours to meet the people to humanize him in a public relations campaign.


I hope that future historians will take this up eembracing study, as Dower’s book explains quite a lot about the post-war world and about present Japanese-American relations. Back to 1 H. GHQ threatened to have a referendum on it if the government did not accept it. The contingencies of history…. Large, Emperor Hirohito and Showa Japan. Author Dower argues that participants like Sirota felt they were doing what the Japanese people would have wanted. Wholesale looting of supplies prior to the American arrival.

Dec 16, Leslie rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the best history Dowwr have read about the post-war period in Japan under American occupation forces.

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Embracing Defeat

If you are thinking about reading this book, those are where to start. From the late s, independent prostitution became the prime target of both the Home Ministry and the police, and the abolitionist movement.

Dower is the Elting E. Dower’s ‘cultural history’ begins with the anguish of physically and embraclng ‘shattered lives’ at war’s end. This was written for popular audiences and not for academics.