By Stewart Lone

In distinction to the long-lasting stereotype of a ‘nation of samurai’, this ebook makes use of provincial newspapers and native files to listen to the voices of normal humans residing in imperial Japan via a number of many years of conflict and peace. those voices demonstrate the real stories, reviews and feelings of guys, ladies and youngsters. They convey that the effect of a uniquely disciplined, regimented, militaristic society, which took root within the Western mind's eye from the Eighteen Nineties and which helped result in the Pacific conflict of 1941-5, is a gross phantasm.

Stewart Lone demanding situations the long-standing view of prewar Japan as a ‘militaristic’ society. rather than counting on the standard debts approximately senior commanders and politics on the center of presidency, he indicates the realities of provincial society’s family with the army in Japan at flooring point. operating from the viewpoint of civil society and either rural and concrete existence within the provinces, Lone investigates broader civil contacts with the army together with colleges, neighborhood companies, rest and leisure, civic ceremonies and monuments, in addition to public attitudes in the direction of the army and its values.

This publication may be of curiosity to top undergraduates, postgraduates and teachers drawn to army heritage and jap history.

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