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The Making of "The Rape of Nanking": History and Memory in Japan, China, and the United States

Takashi Yoshida


On December 13, 1937, the Japanese army attacked and captured the Chinese capital city of Nanjing, planting the rising-sun flag atop the city's outer walls. What occurred in the ensuing weeks and months has been the source of a tempestuous debate ever since. The book examines how views of the Nanjing Massacre have evolved in history writing and public memory in Japan, China, and the United States. For these nations, the question of how to treat the legacy of Nanjing — whether to deplore it, sanitize it, or even ignore it — has aroused passions revolving around ethics, nationality, and historic ... More

Keywords: Nanjing Massacre, Rape of Nanking, war and memory, Pacific War, Sino-Japanese War, Japan, China, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195180961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Takashi Yoshida, author
Western Michigan University
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