Charles River Editors
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Pages: 50

*Includes pictures*Explains the formation of a new constitution, as well as the democratization and demilitarization processes*Includes a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contentsThe American occupation of Japan holds a singular and problematic place in the histories both of Japan and of American foreign policy. For the Japanese, the occupation marked the transition from war to peace, from authoritarianism to democracy, and from privation to plenty, making it a passage from one of the darkest chapters in Japanese history to one of the brightest. Nevertheless, the significance of that passage was fraught with ambiguities; after all, Japan did not win its new democracy through revolution from below in the form of a popular indigenous movement pressing for increased rights and a more open, inclusive politics. Instead, Japanese democracy came as a revolution from above ...
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