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The Postwar Occupation of Japan Audiobook

The Postwar Occupation of Japan: The History of the Transition from World War II to Modern Japan

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Publisher's Summary

Explains the formation of a new constitution, as well as the democratization and demilitarization processes
Includes a bibliography for further reading
Includes a table of contents

The American occupation of Japan holds a singular and problematic place in the histories both of Japan and of American foreign policy. For the Japanese, the occupation marked the transition from war to peace, from authoritarianism to democracy, and from privation to plenty, making it a passage from one of the darkest chapters in Japanese history to one of the brightest. Nevertheless, the significance of that passage was fraught with ambiguities; after all, Japan did not win its new democracy through revolution from below in the form of a popular indigenous movement pressing for increased rights and a more open, inclusive politics. Instead, Japanese democracy came as a revolution from above, a system imposed wholesale and virtually without consultation by an occupying army whose Supreme Allied Commander General Douglas MacArthur wielded power as absolute and unchecked as any emperor.

Many critics at the time and since have worried that the political system established by the occupation was thus somehow hollow, a thin veneer of participatory democracy resting uncomfortably atop a deeply conservative and hierarchical culture, symbolized above all by the continuing presence of an emperor. Others have argued that the contradictions of a radical democratic revolution from above are real but irrelevant. Presented for the first time with open space for genuine political speech and action, ordinary Japanese seized the opportunity to exercise agency over the course of their own lives, pulling Japan in directions that neither the old Japanese political elite nor the new American occupation authorities had foreseen.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

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    What did you love best about The Postwar Occupation of Japan?

    The book had its own perspective of the war and the details it explained.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the details in the story and how they described certain things making it easy to understand especially for someone who is learning English as a second language.


    What about Tim Welch’s performance did you like?

    I liked how Tim Welch adding emotion in the reading making it easier to feel what the situation was like.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The war in our perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great learning experience for me. The audio allowed me to understand it easier and it was easy to follow along.

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    erik 05-07-15
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Postwar Occupation of Japan to be better than the print version?

    Yes I feel that audio edition is a better fit for me, The Postwar Occupation of Japan audio edition oppose to the print version is better because there's more of an understanding of the story and the narrator did a good job grabbing my attention and maintaining a steady pace during the read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Postwar Occupation of Japan?

    One of the most memorable moment of The Postwar Occupation of Japan was that even after the United States bombed Japan soon after they led the Allies in the occupation and rehabilitation of the Japanese state.


    What does Tim Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tim Welch brought an gravitating force to listen to what could be a less than exciting read he brought a visual to the story and not only grabs your attention but holds it for what was for me one sitting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have an extreme reaction but this book it was definitely informative and I learned a lot about the postwar.


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    joel 05-07-15
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Postwar Occupation of Japan to be better than the print version?

    Audio edition is better. It really let me follow the history and facts and let me backtrack 30 seconds if i missed something.


    What other book might you compare The Postwar Occupation of Japan to and why?

    I would compare this book to Postwar Japan as History by Andrew Gordon.


    What about Tim Welch’s performance did you like?

    I liked his voice. It was a voice i didn't get tired of hearing. It kept me interested in the book. The voice was perfect for the book, mainly because it was a book on history.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It wasn't a book i wanted to listen in one sitting, but after i started listening to it i decided to hear it all at once, and I thank Tim Welch for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommended people to buy the audio edition for this book. it kept me interested and i know it will for future listeners.

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