Michael Lucken. Translated by Karen Grimwade.
The Japanese and the War: Expectation, Perception, and the Shaping of Memory (2017)
“In this highly readable book, Michael Lucken combines an encyclopedic overview of Japan’s diverse conflicts over the memory of WWII with a razor-sharp dissection of their historical origins. At the core of this, Lucken argues, lies the fateful interplay between wartime ideologies and Japan’s American-brokered entry into the postwar world.”
– Franziska Seraphim, Boston College
“Michael Lucken’s The Japanese and the War provides, in the form of a wonderfully curated collection of insightful and instructive vignettes, both a comprehensive overview and an intimate portrayal of trans-war Japanese society. The work skillfully ties together the disparate fields of visual and material culture, the experience of all-out war, and the politics of war memory. Deftly translated, the book is a pleasure to read.”
– Akiko Takenaka, University of Kentucky
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