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American samurai : myth, imagination, and the conduct of battle in the First Marine Division, 1941-1951

Author: Craig M Cameron
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Events on the battlefields of the Pacific War were not only outgrowths of technology and tactical doctrine, but also the products of cultural myth and imagination. A neglected aspect of the history of the Marine Corps operation against Imperial Japan has been any close study of how the marines themselves shaped the landscape of the battlefields on which they created new institutional legends.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Craig M Cameron
ISBN: 0521441684 9780521441681
OCLC Number: 27935949
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Chicago, 1990.
Description: xiii, 297 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Mythic images of the Marines before Pearl Harbor --
Creating Marines and a masculine ideal --
Images of the Japanese "other" defined: Guadalcanal and beyond --
"Devil dogs" and "dogfaces": images of the "self" on Peleliu --
Okinawa: technology empowers ideology --
Collapse of the Pacific War images, 1945-1951 --
Rewriting the War.
Responsibility: Craig M. Cameron.
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Events on the battlefields of the Pacific War were not only outgrowths of technology and tactical doctrine, but also the products of cultural myth and imagination. A neglected aspect of the history of the Marine Corps operation against Imperial Japan has been any close study of how the marines themselves shaped the landscape of the battlefields on which they created new institutional legends.

Marines projected ideas and assumptions about themselves and their enemy onto people, situations, and events throughout the war, and thereby gave life to formerly abstract ideas and molded their behavior to expectations.

Focusing specifically on the First Marine Division, this study draws on a broad range of approaches to its subject. The book begins with a look at the legacy of the Marine Corps on the eve of Pearl Harbor, and then turns to gender studies to shed light on the methods of "making" marines. At the heart of the book are close examinations of how three broad categories of myth and imagination directly affected the First Division's campaigns on Guadalcanal, Peleiu, and Okinawa.

The study concludes by considering what happened to the myths and images of the Pacific War in the Korean War, and how they have been preserved in American Society up to the present.

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