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The American Occupation of Japan : The Origins of the Cold War in Asia - Michael Schaller

The American Occupation of Japan

The Origins of the Cold War in Asia

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Published: 22nd October 1987
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Michael Schaller argues that the reconstruction of postwar Japan not only shaped the future of that country, but also the future of U.S. policy throughout postwar Asia, leading up to the controversial interventions in China, Korea, and Vietnam. In this detailed study, he shows how the U.S., after the war, sought to develop Japan as a stable bulwark against both Soviet expansion and Asian revolution. In particular, he depicts the intense conflict that raged among American officials, with the flamboyant Occupation Commander, General Douglas MacArthur, against virtually all civilian and military planners in Washington, including President Truman. Lauded by the public as a hero, and initially given free rein to shape the future of Japan, MacArthur was gradually undermined in a series of bureaucratic and personal manoeuvres. His plans were replaced by a new Occupation programme, which provided U.S. aid to rebuild Japan as a major industrial power at the hub of a subordinate Asian trading network. This was done in the hope that Japan's regional dominance would simultaneously ensure recovery, bolster world trade, and stabilize the fragile arc of Southeast Asian states in transit from colonialism to independence. Michael Schaller's fascinating account is indispensable to anyone seeking to understand the United States's complex postwar history.

"This volume will be indispensable to all who seek to understand the more recent chapters in the historic struggle between the two superpowers."* "The first step toward significantly rewriting the history of an era...Schaller recounts in fine detail the five years during which the autocratic MacArthur vied with Washington for dominance in Japan and a role in world affairs."--Philadelphia Inquirer "[A] brilliant, provocative study."--Journal of American History "A valuable contribution to the understanding of the origins of the cold war in Asia....It is the first comprehensive and detailed study on the aspect of U.S. occupation policies."--International History Review "A careful historian's account of the origins of the cold war in Asia with a particular focus on the U.S. occupation of Japan."--Foreign Affairs "Schaller has written the best kind of history, the kind that has great scope, supported by solid scholarship."--Kirkus Reviews "A very good book....Schaller points out...that American military and political advisers did not fashion their plans for the future of East Asia in a vacuum, but hammered them out in the context of their own ideological and strategical concerns."--The New Republic "The research is exhaustive on the American side and the author is to be commended for his effective use of the Freedom of Information Act."--Pacific Affairs "A lively and informative book on the American occupation of 1Japan....invigorating, scholarly, and engaging."--Science and Society

The End of the Pacific Warp. 3
Remaking Japan, 1945 to 1948p. 20
Northeast Asia and the Pacific, 1945 to 1947p. 52
Reinterpeting the Postwar Worldp. 77
An Aborted Treatyp. 98
The Conservative Response to Liberal Reformp. 107
Setting a New Coursep. 122
Regional Economic Integration and the Rise of Southeast Asiap. 141
The Peace Treaty: Trying Againp. 164
Japanese Recovery Prospects in the Wake of China's Revolutionp. 178
NSC 48 and the Renewed Debate over Asian Communismp. 195
Containment and Recovery in Japan and Southeast Asiap. 212
A Commitment to Vietnamp. 234
Japan and the Rekindled Crisis with Chinap. 246
At War in Asiap. 273
Afterward: The Workshop of Asiap. 290
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. 299
Notesp. 303
Referencesp. 337
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780195051902
ISBN-10: 0195051904
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 22nd October 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.5