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Authoritarian Rule Over the Japanese and Chinese Citizens in the 20th Century The books Patriotism by Yukio Mishima and Sofia Petrovna by Lydia Chukovskaya show its audience how loyal dedicated and sometimes ignorant the people of China and Japan were in the 1930s The authoritarian nationalist regime gave little freedom to its citizens in both cultures Although not readily seen in the book Patriotism one can see the effects of totalitarian rule on the Soviet people in Sofia Pertrovna Authoritarian regimes heavily influenced their peoples support for the governments practices or simply to have unconditional loyalty to their country In the 1930s Japan was wracked by internal discord The effects of the international depression and general dissatisfaction with Japans loss of prestige in the 1920s led young officers in the military to oppose the civilian government of Japan These young officers complained that the civilian bureaucrats were weak inefficient indecisive and corrupt and openly agitated for a Showa restoration in which the emperor would be placed in charge of the government in place of the inefficient bureaucracy A series of maneuvers by these self-proclaimed saviors of Japan slowly put Japan on a militaristic and aggressive path which would eventually lead to the invasion of China in 1937 Mishima invests many positive values in his book The main characters are a young couple lieutenant Takeyama and his wife The book exhibits the extreme devotion the couple has for one another and also their country Mishima depicts this lovelybittersweet romance in the midst of a militaristic rule The lieutenant has been given orders by the military to kill his regime opposing friends Having the option to remain loyal to his country or remain loyal to his friends Mishima knows he cannot chose and decides to kill himself This choice displays just how deep lieutenant Takeyamas devotion runs for not only his friends but for his authoritarian government Mishima vividly describes a tragic set of events with
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