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War memory and social politics in Japan, 1945-2005

Author: Franziska Seraphim
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, 2006.
Series: Harvard East Asian monographs, 278.
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Japan has long wrestled with the memories and legacies of World War II. In the aftermath of defeat, war memory developed as an integral part of particular and divergent approaches to postwar democracy. In the last six decades, the demands placed upon postwar democracy have shifted considerably--from social protest through high economic growth to Japan's relations in Asia--and the meanings of the war shifted with  Read more...
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History
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Seraphim, Franziska, 1965-
War memory and social politics in Japan, 1945-2005.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, 2006
(DLC) 2006022961
(OCoLC)70660035
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Franziska Seraphim
ISBN: 9781684174478 1684174473
OCLC Number: 680222850
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 409 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction. Japan's history of war memory: a framework ; The first postwar decade, 1945-1955 ; Interest-based struggles over memory, 1950s-1970s ; Global memory cultures since the 1980s --
Part I. War memory and democratic rebuilding. 1. The politics of essentialism: the Association of Shinto Shrines. Discarding the state, embracing the emperor ; Shrines for the people ; Memory and Shinto restorationism --
2. Fashioning national heroes: The Japan Association of War-bereaved Families. Creating a community of war bereaved families ; Gendered memory: war widows ; Social welfare measures ; Bereavement and nationalism --
3. Forging political subjectivity: The Japan Teachers' Union. Riding the wave of democratic change ; The struggle against state coercion ; Never send our students to the battlefield again! --
4. People's diplomacy: The Japan-China Friendship Association. Responsibility evaded: reparations and an "incomplete" peace ; Grassroots diplomacy ; Remembering Japanese aggression --
5. Commemorative pacifism: The Japan Memorial Society for the Students Killed in the War. The dead and the living ; Packaging the Wadatsumi Voices ; The politics of pacifism --
Part II. The political dynamics of war memory. 6. War memory and generational change: refashioning special interests. The changing temporality of the past ; The emergence of "generational memory" ; The Anti-Security Treaty crisis ; Managing the transmission of memory --
7. Memory between special and national interests: Japan and Asia. Framing national memories of war ; Postwar "settlements" with South Korea ; The specter of Japanese militarism ; The debate over Okinawa's reversion to Japan ; Individual action as counter-memory --
8. Patronizing the war dead: the contested rites of official memory. Site of memory, symbol of nation ; The "Yasukuni question" ; The contested memory of the war dead ; Organizing popular nationalism --
Part III. Changing geographies of memory. 9. The politics of apology. Comparing postwar responsibilities ; The apology conundrum ; Toward reconciliation --
10. Cultures of commemoration at century's end. Confronting silences: the devil's gluttony ; Galvanizing popular audiences: last friends ; The Izokukai's last hurrah? The Showa-kan ; The discourse about war responsibility at the turn of the millennium --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Harvard East Asian monographs, 278.
Responsibility: Franziska Seraphim.

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An insightful, thoughtful treatment of the interest group politics that has been part of Japan's effort to remember and come to grips with its recent past. -- W. D. Kinzley "Choice" (11/01/2007) With Read more...

 
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