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Articles by Herbert P. Bix

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Herbert P. Bix, historian and teacher, was born in Boston and grew up in the nearby suburb of Winthrop. After attending the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and served a tour of duty aboard ships stationed in Japan. He attended Harvard University during the height of the Vietnam War. He has written extensively, in leading journals and newspapers in the U.S. and Japan, on modern and contemporary Japanese history, in ways that have challenged long-established assumptions. His Peasant Protest in Japan, 1590-1884 (Yale University Press, 1992) was widely acclaimed in academic journals as one of the best books ever written on the subject of peasant rebellion in a premodern society. His Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan (HarperCollins 2000-1) won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He teaches at Binghamton University, New York, and writes on issues of war and empire.

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The Tamogami Debacle: Dismissal of a Japanese General and the Danger of Indignation
The Russo-Georgia War and the Challenge to American Global Dominance
War Responsibility and Historical Memory: Hirohito's Apparition
The Immunity of Non-Combatants and the Myth of Good Intentions: Sixty-One Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The Emperor, Modern Japan and the U.S.-Japan Relationship
Japan's Surrender Decision and the Monarchy: Staying the Course in an Unwinnable War
Hirohito and History: Japanese and American Perspectives on the Emperor and World War II in Asia
Emperor, Shinto, Democracy: Japan s Unresolved Questions of Historical Consciousness
The Faith that Supports U.S. Violence: Comparative Reflections on the Arrogance of Empire
Trouble at the Top: Japan's Imperial Family in Crisis
From Nanjing 1937 to Fallujah 2004: War Crimes in Perspective
Remembering the Nanking Massacre