Reassessing Japan’s Cold War: Ikeda Hayato's Foreign Politics and Proactivism During the 1960s, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Reassessing Japan’s Cold War

Ikeda Hayato's Foreign Politics and Proactivism During the 1960s, 1st Edition

By Oliviero Frattolillo


192 pages

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pub: 2019-12-20
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As memories of the savage conflict inaugurated by the attack on Pearl Harbor recede, the ethical foundations that influenced post-war interpretations of Japan’s role during the Cold War era are crumbling on different fronts. Retracing Japanese history during the Sixties, this book locates the country’s role in Cold War history against the backdrop of the twentieth century, contextualizing older trends that shaped post-war changes. It also places Cold War Japan in the global context of America’s shifting hegemony and the corresponding structure of the international system.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Japan and the postwar international order: The Fifties; 2. Ikeda Hayato’s diplomacy and the sanbon bashira approach; 3. Japan’s diplomatic role and the Konfrontasi; Conclusion

About the Author

Oliviero Frattolillo is Associate Professor at the Department of Politics (Roma Tre University).

About the Series

The Routledge Global 1960s and 1970s Series

As the decades that defined the Cold War, the 1960s and 1970s helped shape the world we live in to a remarkable degree. Political phenomena including the almighty tussle between capitalism and communism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, apartheid in South Africa, uprisings against authoritarianism and independence from colonial rule for a large swathe of the nations of the Global South helped define the period but the sixties and seventies were as much about cultural and social change, with lives the world over altered irretrievably by new standpoints and attitudes. Traditionally, analysis of the era has largely been concerned with superpower posturings and life in Europe and America, but this series, while providing full coverage to such impulses, takes a properly global view of the era.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / Japan
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century