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Showa: A history of Japan 1926-1939

Shigeru Mizuki


Showa: a History of Japan, 1926-1939 is the first volume of Shigeru Mizukiís meticulously researched historical portrait of twentieth century Japan. This volume deals with the period leading up to World War II, a time of high unemployment and other economic hardships caused by the Great Depression. Mizukiís photo-realist style effortlessly brings to life Japan of the 1920s and 1930s, depicting bustling city streets and abandoned graveyards with equal ease.

When the Showa Era began, Mizuki himself was just a few years old, so his earliest memories coincide with the earliest events of the Era. With his trusty narrator Rat Man, Mizuki brings history into the realm of the personal, making it palatable, and indeed compelling, for young audiences as well as more mature readers. As he describes the militarization that leads up to World War II, Mizukiís stance toward war is thoughtful and often downright critical Ė his portrayal of the Nanjing Massacre clearly paints the incident (a disputed topic within Japan) as an atrocity. Mizukiís Showa is a beautifully told history that tracks how technological developments and the countryís shifting economic stability had a role in shaping Japanís foreign policy in the early twentieth century.

October / $24.95 / 6.45 x 8.765 / 560 pages / b&w / paperback

ISBN: 9781770461352

$24.95 US / $24.95 CDN

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