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Warriors of the Rising Sun: A History of the Japanese Military

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During World War II, many of Japans soldiers committed such crimes against humanity that the world recoiled in horror. During the notorious six-week-long “rape of Nanking” in 1937, Japanese forces murdered at least 200,000 men, women, and children. Throughout the Pacific War, Allied prisoners were often starved, tortured, beheaded, even cannibalized. Although Japans military men fought bravely against outnumbering forces again and again, their astonishing brutality made them a loathsome, unforgivable enemy.While this chapter of Japanese history is well known, few realize that earlier in this century the Japanese were celebrated throughout the West for their chivalry in warfare. During the Boxer Rebellion in China and the savage Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5, the Western Press lauded the Japanese for their kindness to the wounded and imprisoned enemy.Warriors of the Rising Sun chronicles the Japanese militarys transformation from honorable “knights of Bushido” into men who massacred thousands during the Pacific War. Crucial in bringing about this change was Western rejection of Japan as an aspiring colonial power, as well as the Wests racist, anti-Japanese immigration policies. Japans leaders chose military brutality as a necessary means to achieve a rightful place in the world. Today, Japan has the second largest military budget in the world. What lessons have her leaders learned from the past wars?

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Traces the Japanese militarys evolution from chivalrous soldiers to a brutal killers.

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Throughout the Pacific theater of World War II, Allied prisoners were often starved, tortured, beheaded, even cannibalized by Japanese soldiers. Yet, during the Boxer Rebellion in China and the savage Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5, the Western press lauded the Japanese for their kindness to the enemy wounded and imprisoned. "Warriors of the Rising Sun" chronicles the Japanese military's transformation from honorable "knights of Bushido" into men of historic cruelty. Photos.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 354-367) and index.

About the Author

Robert B. Edgerton is the author of more than twenty other books on a variety of sociological, anthropological, and historical topics, most recently Hidden Heroism (Westview 2001). He also teaches anthropology at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813336008
Author:
Edgerton, Robert B.
Publisher:
Westview Press
Author:
Edgerton, Robert
Author:
Edgerton, Robert B.
Location:
Boulder, Colo. :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Armed Forces
Subject:
Sociology, military
Subject:
Military ethics
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Military-General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 16.4 oz

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Traces the Japanese militarys evolution from chivalrous soldiers to a brutal killers.
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