Chapter

Introduction

Sebastian Conrad

in The Quest for the Lost Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520259447
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520259447.003.0001
Introduction

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The German and Japanese forms of dictatorship varied significantly. The postwar situation was different as it seems. Germany was divided among the four occupation forces, while the occupation in Japan was almost exclusively for the American affair. Therefore, the dynamics of memory debates were characterized by peculiarities and national specificity. Despite of the differences, it is fair to classify that there were a number of overarching commonalities and a set of transnational contexts that connect both countries, generating similar problems in dealing with the recent past.

Keywords: Germany; Japan; postwar; dictatorship; past; occupation

Chapter.  5422 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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