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Author McClelland, Gwyn, author

Title Dangerous memory in Nagasaki : prayers, protests and Catholic survivor narratives / Gwyn McClelland
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (xxx, 216 pages)
Series Asia's transformations ; 55
Asia's transformations ; 55
Contents Foreword / Yuki Miyamoto -- Preface: 'Dangerous memory : political theology of Johann Baptist Metz -- Fissures -- Survivors -- Bodies -- Providential atomic bomb? -- A-bombed Mary -- Urakami Cathedral : a fifth persecution -- Water! Atomic cries and echoes of the past -- Dangerous hope -- Lament, anger and protest
Summary "On 9th August 1945, the US dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Of the dead, approximately 8500 were Catholic Christians, representing over sixty percent of the community. In this collective biography, nine Catholic survivors share personal and compelling stories about the aftermath of the bomb and their lives since that day. Examining the Catholic community's interpretation of the A-bomb, this book not only uses memory to provide a greater understanding of the destruction of the bombing, but also links it to the past experiences of religious persecution, drawing comparisons with the 'Secret Christian' groups which survived in the Japanese countryside after the banning of Christianity. Through in-depth interviews, it emerges that the memory of the atomic bomb is viewed through the lens of a community which had experienced suffering and marginalisation for more than 400 years. Furthermore, it argues that their dangerous memory confronts Euro-American-centric narratives of the atomic bombings, whilst also challenging assumptions around a providential bomb. Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki presents the voices of Catholics, many of whom have not spoken of their losses within the framework of their faith before. As such, it will be invaluable to students and scholars of Japanese history, religion and war history"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Gwyn McClelland holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Japanese history from Monash University. He is the winner of the 2019 John Legge prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, awarded by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
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Subject Catholic Church -- Japan -- History
Catholic Church.
Bombardment of Nagasaki-shi (Japan : 1945)
Atomic bomb victims -- Religious life -- Japan -- Nagasaki-shi
Atomic bomb victims -- Japan -- Nagasaki-shi -- Biography
Catholics -- Japan -- Nagasaki-shi -- Biography
Collective memory -- Japan -- Nagasaki-shi
Nuclear warfare -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
Atomic bomb victims.
Collective memory.
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
Nuclear warfare -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Nagasaki-shi (Japan) -- History -- Bombardment, 1945 -- Personal narratives
Japan -- Nagasaki-shi.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019028162
ISBN 0429266006