Ways of forgetting, ways of remembering : Japan in the modern world

by John W. Dower

Paper Book, 2012




New York : New Press, c2012.


John Dower is a leading historian on modern Japan. These new reflections look at key 20th century moments in relations between the US and Japan, focusing on Japanese perceptions of the US: how the Japanese saw Hiroshima, American occupation and changes in their lives. Readers also catch a glimpse of Japanese attitudes towards their war crimes. Finally, Dower offers blistering comments on George W. Bush's attempts to justify the invasion of Iraq by citing Dower's own work.

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LibraryThing member Shrike58
If you've been reading Dower's work over the years there will be very few real surprises here; the real attraction is the man's commentary on his work and the field in general and how the historiography of Japan has developed. At the very least Dower has developed a certain disdain for modernization theory, which he now sees as a means of rationalizing the imperialism in all but name of the neo-conservative enthusiasts of American power projection.… (more)


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