East Asia's Haunted Present

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-30
  • Publisher: Praeger Security Intl
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This collection of essays by leading scholars from Japan, China, South Korea, and the United States examines how and why bitter historical memories have resurfaced in recent years as freshly virulent and contentious issues between Japan and its neighbors--especially China and South Korea. Moreover, it seeks to identify what set of conditions and what sequence of measures will enable these modern nations to manage, palliate, and exorcise the wrongs of the past in a spirit of reconciliation, so that the dangerous growth of nationalist resentments and revanchism can be checked.

Table of Contents

Dealing with Difficult Pasts: Japans History Problem from a Theoretical and Comparative Perspective
East Asian Historical Issues in a Contemporary Light
Japans Historical Memory: Overcoming Polarization toward Synthesis
The History Textbook Issue in Japan and East Asia: Institutional Framework, Controversies and International Efforts for Common Histories
Myths, Milieu, and Facts: History Textbook Controversies in North East Asia
Yasukuni and Japans International Relations
Comfort Women: Deep Polariza5tion in Japan on Facts and on Morality
Japans Neo-Nationalism and Chinas Response
Japans Role in Chinas Nationalism
Historical Memory and the Resurgence of Nationalism, In Korea Park
The United States and Reconciliation in East Asia
Russia and Historical Memories in East Asia
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