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Japanese prisoners of war [electronic resource] / edited by Philip Towle, Margaret Kosuge and Yoichi Kibata.

Contributor(s): Towle, Philip, 1945- | Kosuge, Margaret | Kibata, Y�oichi, 1946-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London ; New York : Hambledon and London, 2000Description: 1 online resource (xx, 195 p.).ISBN: 9780826439789 (electronic bk.); 0826439780 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese | Prisoners of war -- Europe | Prisoners of war -- United States | Prisoners of war -- Australia | Prisoners of war -- Southeast Asia | Southeast Asia -- History | World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Southeast Asia | World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscript labor -- Southeast Asia | Japan -- History -- 1912-1945 | HISTORY -- Military -- World War II | Guerre mondiale (1939-1945) -- Prisonniers de guerre japonais | Kriegsgefangenschaft | Weltkrieg (1939-1945) | Japanischer Kriegsgefangener | Konzentrationslager | Japan | S�udostasienGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Japanese prisoners of war.DDC classification: 940.54/72 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
The Japanese Army and prisoners of war / Philip Towle -- The Changi POW camp and the Burma-Thailand Railway / Robert Havers -- Allied POWs and the Burma-Thailand Railway / Clifford Kinvig -- Understanding the enemy : military intelligence, political warfare and Japanese prisiners of war in Australia, 1942-45 / Kent Federovich -- POWs and international law / Hisakazu Fujita -- Culture, race and power in Japan's wartime empire / Susan C. Townsend -- Japan's racial identity in the Second World War : the cultural context of Japanese treatment of POWs / Harumi Furuya -- Japanese treatment of British prisoners : the historical context / Yoichi Kibata -- Religion, the Red Cross and Japanese treatment of POWs / Margaret Kosuge -- The post-war treatment of Japanese overseas nationals / Hideo Kobayashi -- Towards reconciliation : Japanese reactions to Ernest Gordon / Kazuaki Saito.
Summary: During the Second World War the Japanese were stereotyped in the European and American imagination as fanatical, cruel and almost inhuman. This view is unhistorical and simplistic. It fails to recognise that the Japanese were acting at a time of supreme national crisis and it fails to take account of their own historical tradition. The essays in Japanese Prisoners of War, by both Western and Japanese scholars, explore the question from a balanced viewpoint, looking at it in the light of longer-term influences, notably the Japanese attempt to establish themselves as an honorary white race. The book also addresses the other side of the question, looking at the treatment of Japanese prisoners in Allied captivity -- book jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-191) and index.

The Japanese Army and prisoners of war / Philip Towle -- The Changi POW camp and the Burma-Thailand Railway / Robert Havers -- Allied POWs and the Burma-Thailand Railway / Clifford Kinvig -- Understanding the enemy : military intelligence, political warfare and Japanese prisiners of war in Australia, 1942-45 / Kent Federovich -- POWs and international law / Hisakazu Fujita -- Culture, race and power in Japan's wartime empire / Susan C. Townsend -- Japan's racial identity in the Second World War : the cultural context of Japanese treatment of POWs / Harumi Furuya -- Japanese treatment of British prisoners : the historical context / Yoichi Kibata -- Religion, the Red Cross and Japanese treatment of POWs / Margaret Kosuge -- The post-war treatment of Japanese overseas nationals / Hideo Kobayashi -- Towards reconciliation : Japanese reactions to Ernest Gordon / Kazuaki Saito.

During the Second World War the Japanese were stereotyped in the European and American imagination as fanatical, cruel and almost inhuman. This view is unhistorical and simplistic. It fails to recognise that the Japanese were acting at a time of supreme national crisis and it fails to take account of their own historical tradition. The essays in Japanese Prisoners of War, by both Western and Japanese scholars, explore the question from a balanced viewpoint, looking at it in the light of longer-term influences, notably the Japanese attempt to establish themselves as an honorary white race. The book also addresses the other side of the question, looking at the treatment of Japanese prisoners in Allied captivity -- book jacket.

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