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Popular representations of the past: the case of postwar Japan

Shimazu, Naoko (2003) Popular representations of the past: the case of postwar Japan. Journal of Contemporary History 38 (1), pp. 101-116. ISSN 0022-0094.

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This article examines the popular representations of the past in literature, film and television in postwar Japan, with the focus on the war. The main aim is to derive a general overview of how popular culture is affected by the politics of the present and the immediate past. In the process, light is shed on how postwar Japanese society attempted to cope with the war. Not surprisingly, popular representations of the past were highly sensitive to politics. (description taken from publisher's website:

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Additional Information: I am most grateful to the Japan Foundation for allowing me to take the time to conduct research, write this article, and present it at King’s College, University of Cambridge in January 2002, during the tenure of a research fellowship from the Foundation in 2001–2. (footnote taken from first page of author's article:
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Ms. Catherine Richardson
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2009 16:04
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:16

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