The Dialectics of Remembrance: Memories of Empire in Cold War Japan

  title={The Dialectics of Remembrance: Memories of Empire in Cold War Japan},
  author={Sebastian Conrad},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={4 - 33}
  • Sebastian Conrad
  • Published 19 December 2013
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
Abstract Between 1895 and 1945 Japan assembled one of the largest empires in modern world history. It vanished abruptly in the summer of 1945 at the end of the Second World War, and seemed to leave no trace in public consciousness. Historians, too, have portrayed postwar Japan as characterized by a virtual erasure of the imperial past. This article draws on recent scholarship to argue that things were more complicated than that. While references to the imperial past indeed dwindled after about… 
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