280/285F Fall 2011 War and Defeat in Japanese History and Memory

Contemporary Japanese national and international identities are often constructed with reference to the experience of War, Defeat and Occupation (1937-1952). Japanese postwar society struggled to rebuild and understand its war loss and the accompanying trauma, yet at the same time, forces within society sought to suppress memories of loss, devastation and shocking violence. Over fifty years have passed since these events, but questions remain over issues such as war responsibility, reparations for victims like the comfort women, subordination to the U.S.


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