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Horror in the East: Japan and the Atrocities of World War II

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The question is as searing as it is fundamental to the continuing debate over Japanese culpability in World War II and the period leading up to it: "How could Japanese soldiers have committed such acts of violence against Allied prisoners of war and Chinese civilians?" During the First World War, the Japanese fought on the side of the Allies and treated German POWs with respect and civility. In the years that followed, under Emperor Hirohito, conformity was the norm and the Japanese psyche became one of selfless devotion to country and emperor; soon Japanese soldiers were to engage in mass murder, rape, and even cannibalization of their enemies. Horror in the East examines how this drastic change came about. On the basis of never-before-published interviews with both the victimizers and the victimized, and drawing on never-before-revealed or long-ignored archival records, Rees discloses the full horror of the war in the Pacific, probing the supposed Japanese belief in their own racial superiority, analyzing a military that believed suicide to be more honorable than surrender, and providing what the Guardian calls "a powerful, harrowing account of appalling inhumanity...impeccably researched."

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In the tradition of the best-selling Rape of Nanking, a provocative examination of Japanese atrocities during World War II. "Another stunning slice of history from Laurence Rees."-Daily Telegraph

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [156]-157) and index.

About the Author

Laurence Rees, the head of historical programs for BBC Television, has been called by the Times of London "Britain's most distinguished producer of historical documentaries." The author of four previous books, he lives in London.

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ISBN:
9780306811784
Foreword:
Iriye, Akira
Author:
Iriye, Akira
Author:
Rees, Laurence
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Atrocities
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Sino-Japanese Conflict, 19
Subject:
World
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
Subject:
Sino-japanese conflict, 1937-1945
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
TM 5-856-9
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16.5 oz

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In the tradition of the best-selling Rape of Nanking, a provocative examination of Japanese atrocities during World War II. "Another stunning slice of history from Laurence Rees."-Daily Telegraph
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