Journal of Japanese Studies 38:2 (2012) Several books in Japanese, over the course of the last several decades, have attempted to explain the history of historiography in Japan, but there are far fewer in English or in German. Although there is not much direct comparison between Japanese and German views of subjectivity or repentance for World War II, this is not the focus of the book. Instead, Conrad provides a cogent and well-organized study of modern Japanese historiography that takes into account a wide spectrum of ideologies and approaches. At its best, Conrad's book does this while also bringing into critical focus the political circumstances in which different versions of modernity were cast through different visions of history and memory. Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations. By Michael R. Auslin. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2011. ix, 315 pages. $49.95. Reviewed by James E. Auer Vanderbilt University As a student of the late Edwin O. Reischauer at Harvard following his days as ambassador in Tokyo, I often heard him marvel at how much he appreciated the fact that two countries as different as Japan and the United States in areas such as language, culture, history and
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jul 14, 2012
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