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Winners in peace : MacArthur, Yoshida, and postwar Japan

Author: Richard B Finn
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With singular breadth and balance, Winners in Peace chronicles the American occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1952. Richard B. Finn participated in the occupation as a young naval officer and diplomat. Now, using the insights gained from a lifetime of public service, he looks back on this epochal moment in postwar history. Finn focuses on the two main actors--Supreme Allied Commander Douglas MacArthur and Japanese  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Douglas MacArthur; Shigeru Yoshida; Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur; Shigeru Yoshida; Douglas MacArthur; Shigeru Yoshida; Douglas MacArthur; Shigeru Yoshida; Douglas MacArthur; Shigeru Yoshida; Douglas MacArthur; Shigeru Yoshida
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard B Finn
ISBN: 0520069099 9780520069091
OCLC Number: 22347281
Description: xxi, 413 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Enemies Face to Face. 1. Tense Beginnings. 2. First Encounters. 3. Planning and Organizing the Occupation --
pt. II. MacArthur's Two Hundred Days. 4. The First Wave of Reform. 5. The Allies: Their Role and Reparations. 6. War Crimes and Punishment by Purge. 7. The New Constitution --
pt. III. Japan's Search for Stability. 8. The Emergence of Yoshida Shigeru. 9. The Second Reform Wave. 10. The 1947 Labor Crisis and the Defeat of Yoshida. 11. MacArthur, the Allies, and Washington. 12. The Failure of Coalition Politics. 13. The End of the War Crimes Trials: The Emperor Decides Not to Abdicate --
pt. IV. New Policies and New Directions. 14. Washington Intervenes: Draper and Kennan. 15. New Life in Tokyo: Yoshida and Dodge. 16. Unrest and Violence on the Left --
pt. V. Peace Settlement. 17. The Search for Peace. 18. The Korean War. 19. Shaping the Peace Settlement. 20. The Firing of MacArthur. 21. Signing the Treaties and Ending the Occupation --
pt. VI. Aftermath --
A. Chronology of Main Events --
B. List of Principal Actors.
Responsibility: Richard B. Finn.
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With singular breadth and balance, Winners in Peace chronicles the American occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1952. Richard B. Finn participated in the occupation as a young naval officer and diplomat. Now, using the insights gained from a lifetime of public service, he looks back on this epochal moment in postwar history. Finn focuses on the two main actors--Supreme Allied Commander Douglas MacArthur and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru--and details the era's major events, programs, and personalities. Finn draws on an impressive range of American, Japanese, British, and Australian sources, including interviews with nearly one hundred people who took part in the occupation. Throughout, his presentation is measured and realistic, filled with multi-faceted human beings--MacArthur is not made out to be a larger-than-life hero, nor is Yoshida portrayed as a right-wing extremist. Finn describes constitutional and political reforms, efforts to rebuild the country, and the war crimes trials, as well as the evolution of American policy toward Japan. By highlighting George Kennan's role in making political stability and economic recovery the top goals of the United States, Finn takes into account the powerful pressures of the looming Cold War. He also discusses Japanese and American scholarly theories of the occupation. Winners in Peace concludes its narrative with the peace treaty of 1952, but this book is equally important for our understanding of Japan today--its economic growth, its style of government, and the strong pacifist spirit of its people.

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