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Military Histories of Modern Japan: A Review Essay - Samurai to Soldier: Remaking Military Service in Nineteenth-Century Japan. By D. Colin Jaundrill. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2016. xii, 229 pp. ISBN: 9781501703096 (cloth, also available as e-book). - Curse on This Country: The Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan. By Danny Orbach. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2017. x, 367 pp. ISBN: 9781501705281 (cloth, also available as e-book). - Japan's Postwar Military and Civil Society: Contesting a Better Life. By Tomoyuki Sasaki. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. xiv, 208 pp. ISBN: 9781472525550 (cloth, also available in paper and as e-book).

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 August 2018

Aaron Skabelund*
Brigham Young University
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1 Norman, E. Herbert, Soldier and Peasant in Japan: The Origins of Conscription (New York: Institute of Pacific Relations, 1944)Google Scholar, ix.

2 Gluck, Carol, “House of Mirrors: American History-Writing on Japan,” in Imagined Histories: American Historians Interpret the Past, eds. Molho, Anthony and Wood, Gordon S. (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1998), 441Google Scholar.

3 Humphreys, Leonard, The Way of the Heavenly Sword: The Japanese Army in the 1920's (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1995)Google Scholar, viii. Humphreys did not publish his study until 1995 but completed his doctoral dissertation in 1974, so it fits in this historiographical moment.

4 Smethurst, Richard J., A Social Basis for Prewar Japanese Militarism: The Army and the Rural Community (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974)Google Scholar.

5 Among such work, which makes a particularly important contribution to Japanese military history, from “outside” the field is Eckert, Carter J., Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism, 1866–1945 (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016)CrossRefGoogle Scholar. Eckert provides a thick description of Japanese military academy culture in World War II-era Manchukuo and Japan.

6 Siniawer, Eiko Maruko, Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists: The Violent Politics of Modern Japan, 1860–1960 (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2008), 56Google Scholar.