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Emperor Hirohito and Showa Japan (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies) Paperback – 17 Jul 2014
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"At last . . . a sound, readable, well researched and balanced book about the late Emperor has been produced. Dr. Large is to be congratulated on this welcome contribution to the study of modern Japanese history. It should be a standard work for all students of the Showa period."
-Sir Hugh Cortazzi, "Proceedings of the Japan Society
"Stephen Large's persuasively even-handed biography makes it clear that Hirohito's advisers misled him from the start."
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
Few historical subjects have aroused as much passionate debate as the Showa Emperor, Hirohito. This book, based on extensive research in Japanese and English sources, impartially explores how far Hirohito was responsible for war, why he emerged as a contested 'symbol emperor' in postwar Japan, and his legacy to Japan today. In reconstructing and evaluating Hirohito's prewar and wartime political role, Dr. Large portrays the Emperor's personality, world view and political style while carefully elucidating the byzantine political context in which he operated, all against the background of momentous crises both within Japan and overseas. The author then examines Hirohito's long career following the defeat of Japan in 1945: his exemption from trial as a war criminal and role during the Occupation; his image-making by the government and the media; his overseas tours, to Europe in 1971 and America in 1975; and contrasting popular reactions to his death in January 1989. Written for the general reader as well as specialists in Japanese Studies, Emperor Hirohito and Showa Japan also offers broad insights into the religious and secular nature of imperial authority, power and influence, the political culture of the Japanese aristocracy, the dynamics of the modern Japanese State, and the intricate interplay of nationalism and democracy in Japan since the Pacific War. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I highly recommend this book for serious scholars of wartime Japan.