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Japan at the Crossroads


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Nick Kapur is Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden.


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 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
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

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