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Book Review, Resources

Modern Japan: A History in Documents

By JAMES l. HUFFMAN OXFORD, UK: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2004. 155 PAGES, PAPERBACK, ISBN: 0-765613-36-0 There is no shortage of fine textbooks on the history of modern Japan. But all- from the old standards authored by Peter Duus, Mikiso Hane and Kenneth Pyle, to more recent volumes from Andrew Gordon, James McClain, and Conrad Totman- follow the same familiar formula. All are long, content-rich, chronological narratives written in the dispassionate, authoritative voice of a detached, ...

Feature Article

Asia’s Environment, 1900-2000

By Conrad Totman What does the above title mean? Anything? Despite its admirable conciseness, it is in fact laced with semantic problems. Perhaps if we rephrase it, "On Thinking About Asia's Environment, 1900- 2000," we'd give ourselves occasion to explore those problems briefly. And if we do so, we may find a silk purse lurking in this sow's ear of a title....

Online Supplement, Resources

Arundhati Roy’s The Greater Common Good: Dams, Development, and Democracy in India

By Paige Johnson Tan Arundhati Roy, a contemporary writer from India, is best known globally for her Booker Prize- winning novel The God of Small Things (1997). In addition to being a celebrated novelist, Roy is also a passionate activist who rails against globalization, multinational corporations, alleged US global hegemony, Hindu-Muslim violence. nuclear weapons, and of course, big dams. The following essay is an account of how I use one of Roy"s works in conjunction with a variety of' othe...

Book Review Essay, Resources

Teaching About “The Forgotten War”

By Michael Seth VOICES OF THE KOREAN WAR Personal Stories of American, Korean, and Chinese Soldiers BY RICHARD A. PETERS AND XIAOBING LI LEXINGTON: UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KENTUCKY, 2004 HARDCOVER: 288 PAGES ISBN: 0-813-12293-7 Although often labeled the "forgotten war," there is a large and growing literature on the Korean War. The two very different books reviewed here present additions to this body of work that are useful for teachers and students....

EAA Interview

EAA Interview with Marcus Noland: Asia’s Post-War Economic Growth

Lucien: Marc, thanks for doing this interview. Could you inform your readers a bit about yourself and how you became interested in East Asia? Marcus Noland: I am a PhD economist. My primary professional affiliation is with the Institute for  International Economics, a private, not-for-profit, non-partisan public policy think tank in Washington, DC....

Feature Article

Asia in the Twentieth Century

By William H. McNeill Recent events offer an apt metaphor for Asia's twentieth century. Between 1900 and 2000, a North Atlantic human tsunami crested and then withdrew, leaving behind radically changed social landscapes after ten decades of widespread disruption. Asia was not alone. The whole world went through the same experience- not least Europe and America, located at the epicenter of the entire upheaval. After-effects still persist, and intensified communication means that rapid readjust...

Book Review, Resources

The Vietnam War: A History in Documents

EDITED BY MARILYN B. YOUNG. JOHN J. FITZGERALD, AND A. TOM GRUNFELD OXFORD, UK: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2002 PAPERBACK: 176 PAGES. ISBN: 0-195-16635-3 We owe a great debt to Marilyn Young. John Fitzgerald, and Tom Grunfeld, who, in The Vietnam War: A History in Documents, have intelligently compiled and introduced a comprehensive collection of primary sources on one of the most contentious events in twentieth-century international history. Covering the period from the First Indochina War ...

Feature Article

Japanese Society in the Twentieth Century

By James L. Huffman Most American textbooks do a capable job of summarizing the political and economic facts of Japan's modern history. The country, in their telling, modernized quickly in the late 1800s, turned militant in the 1930s, went to war in the 1940s, reemerged under American guidance in the 1950s, and became an ''economic animal" in the 1960s. In the 1990s, the bubble burst. Unfortunately, most of these textbooks ignore the rich and varied lives of the Japanese people themselves: th...

Resources, Teaching Resources Essay

A Visit to the DMZ: A Virtual Tour of the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea

LESSON CONSTRUCTED BY JOHN FRANK, HISTORY TEACHER CENTER GROVE HIGH SCHOOL, GREENWOOD, INDIANA TARGET AUDIENCE: GRADES SEVEN TO TWELVE, SOCIAL STUDIES STUDENTS Contents: • Lesson Outline for the Teacher • Questions to be Answered Before we Visit the DMZ • Answer Key for Questions to be Answered Before we Visit the DMZ • A Virtual Visit to the DMZ Map Worksheet • United Nations VISITOR'S DECLARATION • Script for A Virtual Visit to the DMZ • Questions from Our Tour Guid...

Online Supplement

The Harper’s Magazine article from 1947, “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb” by Henry Stimson, to accompany Peter Frost’s article, “Teaching Mr. Stimson.”

Harper’s Magazine THE DECISION TO USE THE ATOMIC BOMB HENRY L. STIMSON Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War 1911–13, Secretary of State 1929–33, Secretary of War 1940–45, was the man who had to make the recommendation to the President.   In recent months there has been much comment about the decision to use atomic bombs in attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This decision was one of the gravest made by our government in recent years, and it is entirely pro...

Teaching Resources Essay

Mao and China in World History High School Textbooks

By Timothy Cheek A picture is worth a thousand words, as the old saying goes. In two recent high school world history textbooks, Mao's picture appears in tellingly different ways. In World History: Connections t0 Today (Prentice Hall, 2003), Mao appears well into the section on China in "Nationalism and Revolution Around the World ( 1910- 1939).'' It is a photo of a distinctly older Mao from the 1970s (I suspect from the time of Nixon's visit in 1972). It appears in a box on page 863 that rev...

Book Review, Resources

Mao Zedong and China’s Revolutions: A Brief History with Documents

BY TIMOTHY CHEEK NEW YORK: PALGRAVE, 2002 HARDCOVER: 259 PAGES, ISBN: 0-312-29429-8 Mao Zedong retains significant symbolic potency in the People's Republic of China. Whether as an intransigent youth, voluble guerilla leader, or fulminating toward the Cultural Revolution, Mao's figure shows no sign of receding from the stage of history. Today. the "fourth generation" of Chinese Communist leaders brandish Mao as a talisman against instability and a patron saint for the peasantry whose steady...

Feature Article

Teaching Mr. Stimson

For some time now, I have taught a mixed lecture and discussion class on the atom bomb, primarily by using Secretary of War Henry Stimson’s February 1947 Harper’s Magazine article “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb.” (note 1) As many EAA readers no doubt know, Secretary Stimson wrote this article in response to a request by Harvard University President James Conant, a distinguished scientist who had himself worked on the bomb and hence was worried about a number of Americans who critic...

Feature Article

Learning from Truman’s Decision: The Atomic Bomb and Japan’s Surrender

August 6 through 9 of 2005 marked the sixtieth anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These bombings stand as a watershed event in modern history because they brought to a decisive conclusion the greatest and most devastating conflict in human history, and because they ushered in a new age, the era of nuclear weapons and the policies of “massive retaliation” and “mutual assured destruction”—which at the height of the cold war brought with them the very real poten...

EAA Interview, Feature Article

EAA Interview with John Dower

Most EAA readers are familiar with MIT Professor John Dower, who works in modern Japanese history and US-Japan relations. He is the author of numerous publications including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II (1999). Dower is both an internationally-prominent scholar and a master teacher. One of his most recent pedagogical projects, with colleague Shigeru Miyagawa, is Visualizing Cultures (VC) a Webbased, multimedia, interactive, curricula project on...

Feature Article

Thank God for the Atom Bomb?

I once received a call from the concerned editor of an education journal: “Could you find a source other than Thank God for the Atom Bomb? We feel it inappropriate for teachers to see it in a journal dedicated to international understanding.” Since the essay on travel versus tourism that I wanted to cite appeared only in this provocatively titled collection of Paul Fussell essays, they finally did allow it to appear in a footnote. The phrase—without the question mark I add above to my own ...

Feature Article, Teaching Resources Essay

Exploring the Vietnam War: A Teacher’s Resource Essay

He didn’t even hear what I said; he was absorbed already in the dilemmas of Democracy and the responsibilities of the West; he was determined . . . to do good, not to any individual person but to a country, a continent, a world.” ––Graham Greene, The Quiet American (1955) (note 1) The purpose of this essay is to provide classroom instructors and other interested parties with a review of a range of readings, films, and documentaries about the Vietnam War. The eight areas presented e...

AEMS Film Review Section, Film Review Essay

Two Essays on Japan’s Peace Constitution: Japan’s Peace Constitution

John Junkerman wears his political heart on his sleeve. Opposed to any revision of Article 9 of Japan’s constitution, Junkerman has asked twelve distinguished commentators as well as some ordinary civilians from the United States, Japan, Korea, China, and the Arab world to discuss, while being videotaped, why they think the 1947 constitution of Japan should remain intact. To counter “realist” positions that rearmament is necessary, long-established scholars such as John Dower, Chalmers Joh...

AEMS Film Review Section, Film Review Essay

Dam/Age A Film with Arundhati Roy

 COLOR, 50 MINUTES, 2002, CLOSED-CAPTIONED FIRST RUN/ICARUS FILMS 32 COURT STREET, 21ST FLOOR BROOKLYN, NY 11201 www.frif.com This documentary, accessible to students from upper-level high school to college, is direct and compelling, and layered in such a way that it poses questions that linger long after the credits roll. Its primary focus is Arundhati Roy, the graciously articulate author from southern India whose principled and daring stands on behalf of social justice have provoked...

AEMS Film Review Section, Film Review Essay

Of Cold War and Political Orthodoxy: From the Masses to the Masses

Documentary Film Explores Tension Between Art and Politics in Mao’s China FROM THE MASSES TO THE MASSES: AN ARTIST IN MAO’S CHINA PRODUCER: ERIC HYER, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY DIRECTOR: DODGE BILLINGSLEY, COMBAT FILMS AND RESEARCH PRODUCED BY: COMBAT FILMS AND RESEARCH FOR BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, DAVID M. KENNEDY CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, “BEYOND THE BORDER SERIES” COLOR, DVD, 56:45 MINUTES, 2005 COMBAT FILMS & RESEARCH 455 EAST 400 SOUTH SUITE 205 SALT LAKE CITY, ...
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