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A Review on John W Dowers War Without Mercy The powerful images of race during the Pacific War between two powerful foes the United States and Japan dominates the war propaganda of both nations during and after World War II that generated deep hatred espousing stereotypes which still resonate today John Dower asserts the significance of playing the race card and the level of success and failure attained by the US and Japan in his work War Without Mercy Race and Power in the Pacific War Following the heels of strong ideological beliefs of Manifest Destiny Social Darwinism and White Mans Burden Americans were prone to dehumanize the other race and thus US newspapers and magazines had already depicted the Japanese in derogative terms even before their attack on Pearl Harbor and this subsequently led to harsher stereotypes of the Japanese during the war In Japans case the use of race propaganda to stir up support and confidence in the war effort took the approach of elevating and purifying their own Yamato race Dower interestingly explains how the Japanese were malleable on their racial connotations of the Americans that they succeeded in quickly transforming their aggressive war mentality to that of a stable economy under a US occupied but peaceful existence However as the Japans economy booms in large parts to their success in technological achievements and trade surplus against the US American racism towards the Japanese resurfaces in the late 1970s and 1980s War Without Mercy is divided into four sections with the first part focusing on the early patterns of a race war and shifts to the war in both Western and Japanese perspectives in the second and third parts of the book The epilogue and final section covers the aftermath of the war and how Japan adjusted to a peacetime economy and the financial
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