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Japanese prisoners of war

Author: Philip Towle; Margaret Kosuge; Yōichi Kibata
Publisher: London ; New York : Hambledon and London, 2000.
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During the Second World War the Japanese were stereotyped in the European and American imagination as fanatical, cruel and almost inhuman. This view is unhistorical and simplistic. It fails to recognise that the Japanese were acting at a time of supreme national crisis and it fails to take account of their own historical tradition. The essays in Japanese Prisoners of War, by both Western and Japanese scholars,  Read more...
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Japanese prisoners of war.
London ; New York : Hambledon and London, 2000
(OCoLC)606606825
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Towle; Margaret Kosuge; Yōichi Kibata
ISBN: 1852851929 9781852851927
OCLC Number: 42921325
Description: xx, 195 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Japanese Army and prisoners of war / Philip Towle --
The Changi POW camp and the Burma-Thailand Railway / Robert Havers --
Allied POWs and the Burma-Thailand Railway / Clifford Kinvig --
Understanding the enemy : military intelligence, political warfare and Japanese prisiners of war in Australia, 1942-45 / Kent Federovich --
POWs and international law / Hisakazu Fujita --
Culture, race and power in Japan's wartime empire / Susan C. Townsend --
Japan's racial identity in the Second World War : the cultural context of Japanese treatment of POWs / Harumi Furuya --
Japanese treatment of British prisoners : the historical context / Yoichi Kibata --
Religion, the Red Cross and Japanese treatment of POWs / Margaret Kosuge --
The post-war treatment of Japanese overseas nationals / Hideo Kobayashi --
Towards reconciliation : Japanese reactions to Ernest Gordon / Kazuaki Saito.
Responsibility: edited by Philip Towle, Margaret Kosuge and Yoichi Kibata.

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During World War II the Japanese were stereotyped in the European imagination as fanatical, cruel, almost inhuman. This collection aims to see this issue from an historical view, from a western and  Read more...

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Introduction / Philip Towle - 1. The Japanese Army and Prisoners of War / Philip Towle - 2. The Changi POW Camp and the Burma-Thailand Railway / Robert Havers - 3. Allied POWs and the Burma-Thailand Railway / Clifford Kinvig - 4. Under-standing the Enemy: Military Intelligence, Political Warfare and Japanese Prisoners of War in Australia, 1942-45 / Kent Fe-dorowich - 5. POWs and International Law / Hisakazu Fujita - 6. Culture, Race and Power in Japan's Wartime Empire / Susan C. Townsend - 7. Japan's Racial Identity in the Second World War: The Cultural Context of Japanese Treatment of POWs / Harumi Furuya - 8. Japanese Treatment of British Prisoners: The Histori-cal Context / Yoichi Kibata - 9. Religion, the Red Cross and Japanese Treatment of POWs / Margaret Kosuge - 10. The Post-War Treatment of Japanese Overseas Nationals / Hideo Kobaya-shi - 11. Towards Reconciliation : Japanese Reactions to Ernest Gordon / Kazuaki Saito.

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"Where the Japanese troops are facing hardships ... there is no need to pamper POWs." --General Hideki Tojo

 
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