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Men to Devils, Devils to Men : Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice / Barak Kushner.

Author/Creator:
Kushner, Barak, author.
Publication:
Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.] : Harvard University Press, [2015].
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource(416 pages) : illustrations.
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Atrocities.
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945.
War crime trials -- China.
War crime trials.
War crimes -- Japan.
War crimes.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Japan.
Local subjects:
Culture and History of non-European Territories. (search)
Global History. (search)
History. (search)
Recht. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Biography/History:
Barak Kushner is University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese History at the University of Cambridge.
Summary:
The Japanese Army committed numerous atrocities during its pitiless campaigns in China from 1931 to 1945. When the Chinese emerged victorious with the Allies at the end of World War II, many seemed ready to exact retribution for these crimes. Rather than resort to violence, however, they chose to deal with their former enemy through legal and diplomatic means. Focusing on the trials of, and policies toward, Japanese war criminals in the postwar period, Men to Devils, Devils to Men analyzes the complex political maneuvering between China and Japan that shaped East Asian realpolitik during the Cold War. Barak Kushner examines how factions of Nationalists and Communists within China structured the war crimes trials in ways meant to strengthen their competing claims to political rule. On the international stage, both China and Japan propagandized the tribunals, promoting or blocking them for their own advantage. Both nations vied to prove their justness to the world: competing groups in China by emphasizing their magnanimous policy toward the Japanese; Japan by openly cooperating with postwar democratization initiatives. At home, however, Japan allowed the legitimacy of the war crimes trials to be questioned in intense debates that became a formidable force in postwar Japanese politics. In uncovering the different ways the pursuit of justice for Japanese war crimes influenced Sino-Japanese relations in the postwar years, Men to Devils, Devils to Men reveals a Cold War dynamic that still roils East Asian relations today.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction
1. Defeat in Denial: The Regional Impact of Japan's Surrender
2. Devil in the Details: Chinese Policies on Japan's War Crimes
3. Flexible Imperial Identity: Administering Postwar Legal Guilt
4. Chinese Nationalist Justice: The KMT Trials
5. Taiwan: Political Expediency and Japanese Imperial Assistance
6. An Unsatisfying Peace: Shifting Attitudes on War Crimes
7. Socialist Magnanimity: The CCP Trials
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index
Notes:
Electronic reproduction. Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.] : Harvard University Press, 2015. Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed February 28, 2015)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780674735897
OCLC:
897600045
Publisher Number:
10.4159/harvard.9780674735897 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.