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Author Saito, Hiro (Sociologist), author

Title The history problem : the politics of war commemoration in East Asia / Hiro Saito
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 279 pages)
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Contents Cross-national fragmentation, 1945-1964 -- The growth of transnational interactions, 1965-1988 -- Apologies and denunciations, 1989-1996 -- The coexistence of nationalism and cosmopolitanism, 1997-2015 -- The legacy of the Tokyo trial -- The role of historians in the history problem
Summary Seventy years have passed since the end of the Asia-Pacific War, yet Japan remains embroiled in controversy with its neighbors over the war's commemoration. Among the many points of contention between Japan, China, and South Korea are interpretations of the Tokyo War Crimes Trial, apologies and compensation for foreign victims of Japanese aggression, prime ministerial visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, and the war's portrayal in textbooks. Collectively, these controversies have come to be called the history problem. But why has the problem become so intractable? Can it ever be resolved, and if so, how? To answer these questions author Hiro Saito mobilizes the sociology of collective memory and social movements, political theories of apology and reconciliation, psychological research on intergroup conflict, and philosophical reflections on memory and history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-270) and index
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Subject Memorialization -- East Asia.
Nationalism and collective memory -- East Asia.
War and society -- East Asia.
Far East -- Foreign relations.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016020564
ISBN 0824856740 (hardcover ;) (alk. paper)
0824856759 (Proquest Ebook Central)
9780824856748 (hardcover ;) (alk. paper)
9780824856755 (Proquest Ebook Central)