Gayle 2014 Historiography

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Author: Curtis Anderson Gayle

Title: The World of Modern Japanese Historiography

Subtitle: Tribulations and Transformations in Historical Approaches

In: A Companion to Global Historical Thought

Edited by: Prasenjit Duara, Viren Murthy, and Andrew Sartori

Place: Malden, MA

Publisher: Wiley Blackwell

Year: 2014

Pages: 213-227

Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to World History

ISBN-13: 9780470658994 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781118525395 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Japanese History | Types: "Comfort Women", Wartime Rape / Asia-Pacific War

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Abstract: »Historiography in Japan has had its pulse upon both domestic changes and wider transformations and developments associated with global modernity. These transformations have involved historiographical moves toward the West and moves away from the West. This chapter addresses such issues by breaking down modern Japanese historiography into three overarching periods, namely, Meiji to the 1930s, the postwar years, and the post-Cold War era. The codification of knowledge, based on theories of civilization and how these applied to Japan, was an important part of the modernization of Japanese society and intellectual thought during the late Meiji period. Modernization theory and modernist versions of historiography sought to champion the idea that postwar Japan could become a model case for developing nations. The end of the Cold War, rise of the Comfort Women issue, and fiftieth anniversary of the end of WWII, helped create conditions favorable for a new wave of historical revisionism.« [Source: Wiley Online Library]

Wikipedia: Comfort women, Japanese war crimes, Pacific War, War rape

Added: February 22, 2014 | Last updated: February 22, 2014