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Book Review: Writing War: Soldiers Record the Japanese Empire by Aaron William Moore

Wilson, S. (2014) Book Review: Writing War: Soldiers Record the Japanese Empire by Aaron William Moore. The Journal of Japanese Studies, 40 (2). pp. 403-406.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jjs.2014.0093
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Abstract

Aaron William Moore’s study of some 200 diaries of Japanese, Chinese, and U.S. soldiers participating in the Asia-Pacific War is a tour de force. To have brought together and analyzed so many sources, written in three languages and now widely scattered, is impressive enough. Few scholars writing in English can deal expertly with documents in both Chinese and Japanese, and researchers on World War II who cannot read either or both of these languages will be grateful to Moore. The author’s larger contribution, however, is his analysis of the experience of combat, occupation, victory, and defeat in the conflict of 1937–45 from the soldiers’ point of view...

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Society for Japanese Studies
Copyright: © 2014 Society for Japanese Studies
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/23698
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