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Japan at the Crossroads

Conflict and Compromise after Anpo

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$42.00 • £33.95 • €38.00

ISBN 9780674984424

Publication Date: 08/06/2018


336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

25 photos


Lucidly written and remarkably informative, Japan at the Crossroads is the book on Anpo and the early 1960s that the field has long needed, and should be required reading on the history of early postwar Japan.—Eiko Maruko Siniawer, American Historical Review

Magnificent… The introduction is, simply put, the best short history of the Anpo protests that exists in English… This book is essential reading for anyone hoping to explore the aftermath of Anpo in Japan, and indeed the culture of the 1960s and beyond.—Kendall Heitzman, Journal of Asian Studies

Impressive… This book is destined to become the first point of contact for anyone wanting to understand the antecedents, the course, and the consequences of the Anpo protests through a comprehensive and contemporary lens… Thoroughly engrossing and thought-provoking.—Simon Avenell, Journal of Japanese Studies

A broad and ambitious work… Makes a strong case for the impact of the 1960 Anpo protests in reshaping Japanese politics and society.—Patricia G. Steinhoff, Monumenta Nipponica

Broad in scope and fine-grained in analysis, Kapur’s incisive study of public protest and political realignment shows that Japan stands shoulder to shoulder with Europe, the Americas, and the People’s Republic of China as a site of cultural upheaval and political division during the global 1960s. This imaginatively conceptualized, gracefully written book offers a thoroughgoing reconsideration of conflict and compromise during that tumultuous decade in Japan.—Tom Havens, Northeastern University

Kapur fixes a hole in our understanding of what happened in the wake of the 1960 US–Japan Security Treaty crisis by showing how the grand coalitions of the late 1950s were remade into smaller, more stratified social movements. This book will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the conservative interregnum that demarcated the Security Treaty protests of 1960 and the Vietnam War protests of 1968.—Christopher Gerteis, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Kapur productively surveys Japan in 1960, showing how the anti–Security Treaty protests catalyzed enormous social ferment. The ‘Anpo’ moment shook Japan’s political and cultural institutions to their foundations but failed to achieve the political transformation so many people deeply desired, creating a sense of unfinished business that continues to this day.—Laura Hein, Northwestern University

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