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Power across the Pacific : a diplomatic history of American relations with Japan /
William R. Nester.
Washington Square, N.Y. : New York University Press, 1996.
v, 446 p. ; 22 cm.
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Washington Square, N.Y. : New York University Press, 1996.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 423-439) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-02-01:
In this analytical history of American-Japanese diplomatic relations, the author claims to fill a void in the literature that examines the entire relationship of the two countries from the beginning to the present. Nester places the diplomatic history in an analytical framework to explain the bilateral relations systematically, rather than merely chronologically. In doing so, he postulates that two great cycles of initial partnership and eventual rivalry have shaped American-Japanese relations, one geopolitical (1853-1945), the other geo-economic (1945-present). In both cases, Japan began as an American protege and ended as its rival. Nestler's analysis of the two cycles is interesting and insightful, yet there seems a void between them. The period of American occupation (1945-52) is not identified as part of either cycle but as "the American revolution of Japan." Nestler gives only a glimpse into the 21st century and offers no American policy recommendations for the future. Despite minor drawbacks, the author does an excellent job in analyzing comprehensively the US-Japan relationship from the beginning to the present. All levels. M. Itoh University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Main Description
Analyzing European-Japanese relations in the context of the European Community's growing unity and Japan's ever more complex economy, Nester compares the processes, means, ends, successes, and failures of European and Japanese industrial trade and foreign policies. He examines the growing trade, investment, and policy disputes between Brussels and Tokyo, and the reasons for Europe's persistent trade and investment deficit with Japan. Finally, Nester analyses the strengths and weaknesses of European unification and its effect an European competitiveness, and considers the community's prospects into the twenty-first century.
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Independently-produced video, produced outside of mainstream commercial channels, provides a pool of shared imagery about the American past and the American people which is unique. The multiple voices, experiences, and perspectives represented in this diverse work are a rich resource for historical research and teaching. Many professors utilize video as supplementary material in the classroom, but despite the growing use of video in general, independently-produced works are among the least known and therefore least accessible resources. Mediating History is designed to introduce historians to multicultural media as a resource in teaching, and provides and introduction to this work on three levels. First, each title entry includes an annotation and full filmographic information for over 125 selected video titles. Second, there are ten essays that provide background information on the themes and issues raised in the videos and suggestions for their introduction into history teaching. Finally, there is a guide to alternative media resources: journals, organizations, distributors, etc. The multicultural approach of this project is intended to enrich the teaching of history by introducing new evidence, diverse voices, and multiple perspectives that more fully describe complex historical and social realities. The contributors to this guide are: Patricia Aufderheide (American University), Deidre Boyle (The New School for Social Research), Caryl Chin (Independent Curator), Cheryl Chisholm (Filmmaker), Kimberly Everett (Independent Producer), Lilian Jimenez (National Latino Film and Video Festival), Chon Noriega (University of New Mexico), Louise Spain (LaGuardia Community College, CUNY), and Elizabeth Weatherford (National Museum of the American Indidan, Smithsonian Institution).
Table of Contents
Introduction: Power, Perceptions, and Policyp. 1
Pacific Patron, 1853-94p. 13
Pacific Rival, 1894-1930p. 59
The Road to War, 1931-41p. 105
The Road to Peace, 1942-5p. 143
Demilitarization and Democratization, 1945-7p. 191
The Reverse Course, 1947-52p. 224
America Triumphant: The Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson Era, 1953-69p. 263
America and Japan Neck and Neck: The Nixon, Ford, and Carter Era, 1969-81p. 292
Japan Triumphant: The Reagan and Bush Era, 1981-93p. 332
Into the Twenty-first Century: Clinton and Beyond, 1993-Futurep. 364
Notesp. 400
Bibliographyp. 423
Indexp. 440
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