The Nanking Atrocity, 1937-1938: Complicating the Picture

The Nanking Atrocity, 1937-1938: Complicating the Picture

by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi (Editor)

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Overview

First published in 2007, The Nanking Atrocity remains an essential resource for understanding the massacre committed by Japanese soldiers in Nanking, China during the winter of 1937-38. Through a series of deeply considered and empirically rigorous essays, it provides a far more complex and nuanced perspective than that found in works like Iris Chang’s bestselling The Rape of Nanking. It systematically reveals the flaws and exaggerations in Chang’s book while deflating the self-exculpatory narratives that persist in Japan even today. This second edition includes an extensive new introduction by the editor reflecting on the historiographical developments of the last decade, in advance of the 80th anniversary of the massacre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785335969
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,118,308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi is Emeritus Professor of History at York University, Toronto. He specializes in Japanese political thought and World War II in East Asia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Wade-Giles to Pinyin Conversion Table

Maps

Introduction: Iris Chang Reassessed: A Polemical Introduction to the Second Edition

Chapter 1. The Messiness of Historical Reality  

Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi

Chapter 2. The Nanking Atrocity: An Interpretive Overview

Fujiwara Akira

SECTION I: WAR CRIMES AND DOUBTS

Chapter 3. Massacres outside Nanking City

Kashara Tokushi

Chapter 4. Massacres near Mufushan

Ono Kenji

Chapter 5. Part of the Numbers Issue: Demography and Civilian Victims

David Askew

Chapter 6. The Nanking 100-Man Killing Contest Debate, 1971–75

Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi

Chapter 7. Radhabinod Pal on the Rape of Nanking: The Tokyo Judgment and the Guilt of History

Timothy Brook

SECTION II: AGGRESSORS AND COLLABORATORS

Chapter 8. Letters from a Reserve Officer Conscripted to Nanking

Amano Saburô

Chapter 9. Chinese Collaboration in Nanking

Timothy Brook

Chapter 10. Westerners in Occupied Nanking: December 1937 to February 1938

David Askew

Chapter 11. Wartime Accounts of the Nanking Atrocity

Takashi Yoshida

SECTION III: ANOTHER DENIED HOLOCAUST?

Chapter 12. The Nanking Atrocity and Chinese Historical Memory

Joshua A. Fogel

Chapter 13. A Tale of Two Atrocities: Critical Appraisal of American Historiography

Masahiro Yamamoto

Chapter 14. Higashinakano Osamichi: The Last Word in Denial

Kasahara Tokushi

Chapter 15. Nanking: Denial and Atonement in Contemporary Japan

Kimura Takuji

Postscript

Chapter 16. Leftover Problems

Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi

Appendix

Bibliography

Notes on Contributors

Index

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