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Defeat and the intellectual culture of postwar Japan

Kersten, Rikki


In this article, I examine how defeat in war has shaped intellectual discourse in postwar Japan, particularly intellectual debates on war guilt. Known as 'war responsibility debates' in Japanese, the disconnection that is imposed on national identity by defeat has led to a number of different responses from Japanese opinion leaders and scholars. Implicit in these responses is a desire to restore fundamental continuity, either by revising the appraisal of war, or by making guilt the unifying...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: European Review
DOI: 10.1017/S1062798704000432


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