Japanese History Textbooks on Japanese Atrocities Before and During WWII Assignment 2 – Topic A The controversy over the contents of Japanese history textbooks with regard to atrocities committed by the Japanese before and during the Second World War has been ongoing in Japan for decades. This essay will critically explore this controversy, with reference to not only course readings on the topic, but also scholarly commentary on the issue supplemented by the documentary Total War, from the People’s Century series. The thesis will be argued that the debate over the contents of these textbooks is not merely a scholarly debate over “dead” history, or even a political/ideological battle between the Left and the Right in Japan, but is in fact a...The end:
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