War Without Mercy, History Paper

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Nikola Zuber
History/ War without Mercy Paper
War without Mercy Research Paper In the book, War without Mercy, Race and Power in the Pacific War, by John W. Dower and Published by Pantheon Books in 1986, the author powerfully illustrates the extreme racial tensions of Japan and the United States and how they affected policies in both countries. During World War II, the altercations between Japan and the United States were often overlooked, since Germany was taking all of the attention away from the world. But, as described by Dower, the ugly racial battles between Japan and the United States obviously point out that there was more friction between the two countries than most people believe. Another overlooked aspect of
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This is another strong argument for Dower that racism was a hugely influent force on World War II. The Chapter War hates and War Crimes highlight the atrocities of war crimes on the Japanese side. Japan committed war crimes while knowing that defeat was inevitable. The Sino Japanese conflict also gave further evidence to the rest of the world that the Japanese were ruthless, and killers of woman. All of these instances combined with American propaganda, supports another one of Dowers arguments; that the United States was more hateful towards Japan, over Germany. Japan, in the United States eyes, was a much bigger threat Germany, in fact the “Holocaust was not even mentioned in the Why We Fight series”. (35) The fact that a big event such as the Holocaust is not even mentioned in the documentary being shown throughout the country shows how much more focus the United States emphasized on the Japanese over the Germans. Dower also points out that the Japanese people were thought of as one singular population, while in Germany, there where the Germans and the Nazi’s. This allowed differentiate that there were some good Germans, but no good Japanese. The United States also hated the Japanese more because “they humiliated the United States…militantly in unprecedented ways, symbolized by Pearl Harbor.” (35) The symbolism of

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