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War Memory, Nationalism and Education in Postwar Japan, 1945-2007: The Japanese History Textbook Controversy and Ienaga Saburo's Court Challenges

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Author: Yoshiko Nozaki
Publisher: Routledge (2008)
Binding: Hardcover, 198 pages
Summary:
The controversy over official state-approved history textbooks in Japan, which omit or play down many episodes of Japan's occupation of neighboring countries before and during the Pacific War, and which have been challenged by critics who favor a more historically balanced approach, goes to the heart of Japan's sense of itself as a nation. The degree to which Japan is willing to confront its past is not just about history, but also about how Japan defines itself at present, and going forward. This book examines the history textbook controversy in Japan. It sets the controversy in the context of debates about memory, and education, and in relation to evolving politics both within Japan, and in Japan's relations with its neighbors and former colonies. It discusses in particular the struggles of Ienaga Saburo who has made crucial contributions, including through three epic lawsuits, in challenging the official government position.
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The Heritage of Japanese Civilization

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Author: Albert M. Craig
Publisher: Pearson (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
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This brief survey of the long and rich history of Japan, written by one of the world's leading scholars in the field, provides an overall framework for understanding this great nation from its origins to the present day. The book explores the arts and literature, political change, economic advancement, and developments in society, commerce, and culture.
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A Brief History of Japanese Civilization

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Author: Suzanne Gay, David Lurie, Conrad Schirokauer
Publisher: Cengage Learning (2006)
Binding: Paperback, 332 pages
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This compelling text explores the development of Japan through its art, religion, literature, and thought as well as through its economic, political, and social history. This author team combines strong research with extensive classroom teaching experience to offer a clear, consistent, and highly readable text that is accessible to students with no previous knowledge of the history of Japan.
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A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilizations

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Author: Miranda Brown, Suzanne Gay, Conrad Schirokauer, David Lurie
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing (2006)
Binding: Paperback, 736 pages
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This compelling text explores the development of China and Japan through their art, religion, literature, and thought as well as through their economic, political, and social history. This author team combines strong research with extensive classroom teaching experience to offer a clear, consistent, and highly readable text that is accessible to students with no previous knowledge of the history of East Asia.
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The Korean Alphabet: Its History and Structure

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Author: Young-Key Kim-Renaud
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (1997)
Binding: Paperback, 336 pages
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A collection of ten essays which cover topics such as: arguments for King Sejong's "personal creation" of the script; the Asian and domestic linguistic and socio-cultural background to its creation; the principles under which each symbol was created; and the structure of phonological units.
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Language, Ideology and Japanese History

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Author: Christopher Barnard
Publisher: Routledge (2003)
Binding: Hardcover, 208 pages
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The Japanese history textbook is one that keeps making the news, particularly with reference to claims that Japan has never 'apologized properly' for its actions between 1931 and 1945, and that it is one of the few liberal, democratic countries in which textbooks are controlled and authorized by the central government. There are frequent protests, both from within Japan and from overseas, that a biased, nationalistic history is taught in Japanese schools. This is the first time that all the authorized textbooks currently in use have been analyzed using a critical discourse that is anchored firmly in the theory of 'language within society', elucidating the meanings and associated ideologies created by the language of textbooks. Barnard examines the meaning-making potential of language, questions why certain choices are made, and links these choices to the ideological construction of meaning within Japanese history textbooks. Perhaps controversially, this ideological contruction is then linked to debates within Japanese society regarding war responsibilites and the textbook authorization system. Among the historical incidents dealt with in the book are: the Manchurian Incident, the Rape of Nanking and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This book will appeal to anyone interested in hte ideological construction of language as well as proving essential to specialists in Japanese Studies, sociology, social and cultural history.
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War Memory, Nationalism, and Education in Postwar Japan, 1945-2007: The Japanese History Textbook Controversy and Ienaga Saburo-s Court Challenges (Kindle Edition)

Author: Yoshiko Nozaki
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Binding: eBook, 198pages
Summary:
This slender book by SUNY Buffalo professor Nozaki is about as compact and insightful a study of Japanese postwar historiography as one could ever desire...The writing is clear throughout, the argument vigorous, and the use of evidence impeccable. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. - CHOICE, Aug. 2009 Vol. 46 No. 11
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Language, Ideology and Japanese History Textbooks (Kindle Edition)

Author: Christopher Barnard
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Binding: eBook, 208pages
Summary:
The Japanese history textbook is one that keeps making the news, particularly with reference to claims that Japan has never 'apologized properly' for its actions between 1931 and 1945, and that it is one of the few liberal, democratic countries in which textbooks are controlled and authorized by the central government. There are frequent protests, both from within Japan and from overseas, that a biased, nationalistic history is taught in Japanese schools. This is the first time that all the authorized textbooks currently in use have been analyzed using a critical discourse that is anchored firmly in the theory of 'language within society', elucidating the meanings and associated ideologies created by the language of textbooks. Barnard examines the meaning-making potential of language, questions why certain choices are made, and links these choices to the ideological construction of meaning within Japanese history textbooks. Perhaps controversially, this ideological contruction is then linked to debates within Japanese society regarding war responsibilites and the textbook authorization system. Among the historical incidents dealt with in the book are: the Manchurian Incident, the Rape of Nanking and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This book will appeal to anyone interested in hte ideological construction of language as well as proving essential to specialists in Japanese Studies, sociology, social and cultural history.
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Written Standard Chinese, Volume Three

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Author: Hugh M. Stimson, Parker Po-fei Huang
Publisher: Yale University Press (1986)
Binding: Paperback, 308 pages
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"This book continues the Written Standard Chinese series. It resumes from the end of Book Two and is designed to build vocabulary and bring the student past the 1000 character recognition level. Its content focuses on Chinese history and culture, as well as certain aspects of Sino-Western cultural interaction. It uses both traditional and simplified forms, and pinyin romanization. "
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The Chinese Have a Word for It

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Author: Boye De Mente
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (2000)
Binding: Paperback, 528 pages
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This is an ideal introduction to the Chinese language and culture for business people, students, and travelers. It sheds light on the character and personality of the Chinese by examining the meaning, historical significance, and use of more than 300 Chinese expressions. This practical guide will help readers anticipate Chinese behavior and avoid cultural faux pas.
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