Yoshida Shigeru

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Februar 2007



The most complete autobiography of Yoshida Shigeru (1878-1967) available in English, this expanded translation of his memoirs traces the remarkable life and times of one of Japan's most powerful figures. A career diplomat who shaped Japan's China policy and worked with Europe's most influential leaders in the first half of the century, Yoshida returned to politics to rebuild Japan as a five-time prime minister after the devastation of World War II. Sandwiched between Japan's interests and major reforms advanced by MacArthur's occupation forces, Yoshida boldly pushed through the essential reforms that laid the foundation for his country's reentry into the global community. Richly laced with historical and personal detail, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century Japan.


Part I: The Yoshida Memoirs: The Story of Japan in Crisis
Chapter 1: The Unfolding Tragedy
Chapter 2: The Crisis Breaks
Chapter 3: Aftermath of Defeat
Chapter 4: Blueprint for an Occupation
Chapter 5: General MacArthur and His Aides
Chapter 6: My Political Apprenticeship
Chapter 7: The "Yoshida Era" Begins
Chapter 8: My First Cabinet
Chapter 9: In Opposition-and an Election Victory
Chapter 10: The Last Three Yoshida Cabinets
Chapter 11: The West Revisited
Chapter 12: Old Friends in Britain and the United States
Chapter 13: The Post-War Constitution
Chapter 14: Critics of the New Constitution
Chapter 15: The Purges
Chapter 16: Educational Reform
Chapter 17: Police Reform
Chapter 18: The Self-Defense Force
Chapter 19: Agricultural Reform
Chapter 20: The Post-War Food Crisis
Chapter 21: Labor Reforms and After
Chapter 22: My Views on Japan's Labor Movement
Chapter 23: The Communists as a Destructive Force
Chapter 24: The San Francisco Peace Treaty
Chapter 25: Preparatory Negotiations for Peace
Chapter 26: The San Francisco Peace Conference
Chapter 27: The Territorial Question
Chapter 28: The U.S.-Japan Security Treaty
Chapter 29: The Administrative Agreement
Chapter 30: Postscript Part II: New Translation
Chapter 31: Korean War, Peace, and Independence
Chapter 32: My View on the Imperial Household
Chapter 33: Recollections of My Days as a Diplomat
Chapter 34: Recollections of Friends


This new translation of Yoshida's memoirs will be welcome for all who wish to understand postwar Japanese history and leadership better, especially in light of its inclusion of previously unavailable sections on the Korean War, the Japanese imperial household, and other matters. Here are Yoshida's recollections and views on the Occupation and MacArthur, postwar economic recovery and growth, labor activism, and Japan's place in the international community. Here also are insights into the personalities and behavior of key figures in postwar Japan, and on events since 1945 that engaged the attention of both Japanese and Americans. Read in conjunction with such works as John Dower's studies of the Occupation and Yoshida himself, this memoir will give students of postwar Japan an invaluable grasp of what happened and how to evaluate it. A deep debt of gratitude is owed the translators and editors for providing this work. Essential. CHOICE Yoshida's book remains good political biography. Japanese Studies Offering fascinating primary-source reading, Yoshida Shigeru: Last Meiji Man provides rich detail about the rise and fall of Japan's 20th-century empire and the making of modern-day Japan. Vividly told by someone who was there and whose grandson is now making Japanese foreign policy, this book is a must for historians, political scientists, and students alike. -- Donald M. Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh
EAN: 9780742539334
ISBN: 0742539334
Untertitel: Last Meiji Man. Illustrations, map. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Rowman & Littlefield
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2007
Seitenanzahl: 346 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von Kenichi Yoshida, Hiroshi Nara
Format: kartoniert
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