Japanese War Crimes during World War II: Atrocity and the Psychology of Collective Violence, 1st Edition

  • Frank Jacob
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  • ISBN-10: 144084450X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440844508
  • DDC: 940.54
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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The 1937 Rape of Nanjing has become a symbol of Japanese violence during the Second World War, but it was not the only event during which the Japanese used extreme force. This thought-provoking book analyzes Japan's actions during the war, without blaming Japan, helping readers understand what led to those eruptions. In fact, the author specifically disputes the idea that the forms of extreme violence used in the Pacific War were particularly Japanese. The volume starts by examining the Rape of Nanjing, then goes on to address Japan's acts of individual and collective violence throughout the conflict. Unlike other works on the subject, it combines historical, sociological, and psychological perspectives on violence with a specific study of the Japanese army, seeking to define the reasons for the use of extreme violence in each particular case.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: On Violence and Perpetrators.
2: The Rape of Nanjing.
3: Rape: A Theoretical Analysis.
4: The Comfort Women System.
5: The Bataan Death March.
6: POWs of the Japanese.
7: Unit 731.
Works Cited.
About the Author.