- Series: Asian Voices
- Hardcover: 238 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0742554791
- ISBN-13: 978-0742554795
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,690,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Scars of War: Tokyo during World War II: Writings of Takeyama Michio (Asian Voices)
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Readers can see the real picture of what Japan's intelligentsia experienced and what their thoughts were in those days. The essays are superbly well translated. A must. . . . Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. (CHOICE)
The essays Minear has selected and masterfully translated for this volume testify to the workings of a splendid mind in search of understanding a world in turmoil. (The Japan Times)
Historians now think of World War II not just in terms of battlefield winners and losers but also as an event that transformed civilian lives and national societies in profound ways. Richard Minear brings us one eloquent, thoughtful chronicler of these transformations, reminding us of the varied and distinctive ways Japanese people coped with the many meanings of the wartime and après-guerre eras. Takeyama Michio was cantankerous, elitist, and contrary but also someone who intelligently and passionately searched for his own way to make sense of the turbulent times in which he lived. (Laura Hein, Northwestern University)
A masterful translation of ten essays by one of postwar Japan's most interesting thinkers, this work ought to dispel our simplistic notions of Japan as a nation of unthinking followers during World War II. The complexity―and sharp turnings―of Takeyama's own ideas are troubling and provocative. And his vivid descriptions of ordinary people during the war―housewives stealing food to feed their hungry children, pampered and hedonistic Higher School boys scandalizing patriotic Hitachi factory workers, soldiers in China dying of boredom rather than battle―make the war somberly, but richly, human. (James L. Huffman, Wittenberg University)
No one has been as assiduous as Richard Minear in pursuing the hard moral questions of World War II―on both sides of the Pacific. This portrait of a committed humanist under simultaneous siege by enemy bombs and his own country's rabid nationalism is both startling and heartbreaking. (Jay Rubin, Harvard University)
About the Author
Richard H. Minear is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and translator of Japan's Past, Japan's Future: One Historian's Odyssey.
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