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The Nanking Atrocity, 1937-1938
Complicating the Picture
Edited by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi
496 pages, 7 maps, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-674-4 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (August 2017)
ISBN 978-1-78533-596-9 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (August 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78533-597-6 eBook
Praise for the First Edition
“A refreshingly candid response to Japanese scholarship that denies or minimizes the attack on Nanking in order to advance contemporary jingoistic politics … Highly recommended.” · Choice
“All of the articles in the volume are essential reading for anyone interested in the subject.” · The Historian
“These essays provide a compelling refutation of the tired and implausible arguments typically espoused by the deniers and minimizers and also vividly portray the various atrocities committed by the Imperial Armed Forces. This collection also offers refreshing counterpoints to the hyperbole that biases - and undermines - Chinese accounts of the tragedy.” · Japan Times
First published in 2007, The Nanking Atrocity remains an essential resource for understanding the massacre committed by Japanese soldiers in Nanking, China during the winter of 1937-38. Through a series of deeply considered and empirically rigorous essays, it provides a far more complex and nuanced perspective than that found in works like Iris Chang’s bestselling The Rape of Nanking. It systematically reveals the flaws and exaggerations in Chang’s book while deflating the self-exculpatory narratives that persist in Japan even today. This second edition includes an extensive new introduction by the editor reflecting on the historiographical developments of the last decade, in advance of the 80th anniversary of the massacre.
Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi is Emeritus Professor of History at York University, Toronto. He specializes in Japanese political thought and World War II in East Asia.