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IAH 201 4.11.07 - IAH 201 Spring 2007 Censoring History...

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IAH 201 Spring 2007 Censoring History: debating World War II in the US and Japan in the 1990s Thesis for today's lecture: The terrible violence of World War II and memories of the war as a "Good War," became the subject of tremendous public controversy in both the United States and in Japan in the 1990s. The propaganda and censorship practiced during the war had lasting impact upon national memories of the war. I. Results of propaganda and censorship A. Dehumanization of enemy: Propaganda and censorship from both the Japanese and the US governments helped to contribute to WWII’s terrible violence by dehumanizing the enemy. By the end, both sides saw it as a war of extermination Atrocities against American Troops Bataan Death March , April 1942: thousands of American and Filipino prisioners died of illness, exhaustion , or summary execution on a forced march on the island of Bataan Violence against Japanese themselves: Kamikaze fighting -beginning October 1944, Japan began mobilizing
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