Date of this Version

1-1-2011

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Details

Submitted Version.

Wolff, L. (2011). [Review of the book Imposing peace and prosperity: Australia, social justice and labour reform in occupied Japan by C. De Matos]. Australian journal of politics and history, 57(1), 130-131.

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© Copyright School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd., 2011

Abstract

Extract:

Christine de Matos finds little evidence of an Australia imprint on Occupation policy on Japan. If anything, Australia’s policy legacy on post-war Japan was “negligible” (p. 151): its proposals for structural reform were “neglected” (p.147); its practical policy inputs “arbitrary” (p. 74); and its engagement in Occupation control machinery a mere “preten[ce] to Allied cooperation and policy contributions” (p.74). This hardly is a promising basis for a book-length inquiry into Australia’s involvement in “imposing peace and prosperity in Occupied Japan”.

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