War Memory, Nationalism and Education in Postwar Japan: The Japanese History Textbook Controversy and Ienaga Saburo's Court Challenges (Paperback)
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War Memory, Nationalism and Education in Postwar Japan: The Japanese History Textbook Controversy and Ienaga Saburo's Court Challenges (Paperback)

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The controversy over official state-approved history textbooks in Japan, which omit or play down many episodes of Japan's occupation of neighbouring countries during the Asia-Pacific War (1931-1945), and which have been challenged by critics who favour more critical, peace and justice perspectives, goes to the heart of Japan's sense of itself as a nation. The degree to which Japan is willing to confront its past is not just about history, but also about how Japan defines itself at present, and going forward. This book examines the history textbook controversy in Japan. It sets the controversy in the context of debates about memory, and education, and in relation to evolving politics both within Japan, and in Japan's relations with its neighbours and former colonies and countries it invaded. It discusses in particular the struggles of Ienaga Saburo, who has made crucial contributions, including through three epic lawsuits, in challenging the official government position.

Winner of the American Educational Research Association 2009 Outstanding Book Award in the Curriculum Studies category.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415546447
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 12 mm


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"In summary...the book is a good read with substantial material on the account of the long processes of Ienaga's court challenges and the overall controversies about the interpretation of the troubled national past of Japan." - Masako Shibata, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences,University of Tsukuba, Japan Asia Pacific Journal of Education

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