By Stewart Lone
In distinction to the long-lasting stereotype of a вЂnation of samuraiвЂ™, this booklet makes use of provincial newspapers and native documents to listen to the voices of normal humans dwelling in imperial Japan via numerous many years of struggle and peace. those voices demonstrate the actual studies, reviews and feelings of fellows, girls and kids. They exhibit that the impact of a uniquely disciplined, regimented, militaristic society, which took root within the Western mind's eye from the Eighteen Nineties and which helped lead to the Pacific warfare of 1941-5, is a gross phantasm.
Stewart Lone demanding situations the long-standing view of prewar Japan as a вЂmilitaristicвЂ™ society. rather than hoping on the standard money owed approximately senior commanders and politics on the center of presidency, he exhibits the realities of provincial societyвЂ™s kin with the army in Japan at floor point. operating from the viewpoint of civil society and either rural and concrete lifestyles within the provinces, Lone investigates broader civil contacts with the army together with colleges, neighborhood companies, relaxation and leisure, civic ceremonies and monuments, in addition to public attitudes in the direction of the army and its values.
This e-book may be of curiosity to top undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturers attracted to army historical past and eastern history.
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The adoration of military nurses is also evident in the lyric of a wartime song, Fujin Ju-gun no Uta, ‘so gently nursing, her heart the color of the Red Cross’. Along with such lyricism, however, there was also room for public satire and a popular nickname for brothel waitresses was ‘Red Cross Girl’ (dancing girls were sometimes described as ‘the army band’). 28 This satire and ‘play’ with the image of the military nurse was clearly not malicious and probably did no harm to her reputation. Another question which remains, however, is whether provincial women, or at least women’s groups, continued in later years to pursue greater links with the military as a vehicle to enhance their social status.
The songs were mostly written to the demands of the central government which gathered them in songbooks such as the army ministry’s ‘Martial songs for conquering the Qing’ and made them easily available to schools. Writing nearly 70 years later, Matsushita Yoshio recalled the impact of these songs on boys such as himself. 30 The transformation of war into a game for schoolchildren took place through mock battles. In their way, these were more tightly scripted, children’s 36 The proﬁts of war versions of the army grand manoeuvres.
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