The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War

Facing History and Ourselves,

The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War
 
 

The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War details the events unfolding in China and Japan in the years leading up to World War II in East Asia, and the Japanese occupation of the city of Nanjing, China, in 1937. Following our guiding scope and sequence, and including a foreword by Benjamin Ferencz, a war crimes prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, this resource lays a broad framework and contains an in-depth examination of the war crimes known today as the Nanjing Atrocities. 

This book begins by exploring the impact of imperialism in East Asia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the rise of nationalism and militarism, and how these developments affected the complexity of nation building efforts in China and Japan. It addresses the brutality of war and the crimes committed in Nanjing through an examination of the choices made by leaders, soldiers, and witnesses. The history is presented through firsthand accounts and perspectives from survivors and foreigners living in Nanjing during the Japanese occupation. When examining the aftermath and legacy of the war in China, readers are asked to consider the importance of justice and memory, issues still relevant today as nations in East Asia continue to wrestle with how to remember, teach, and understand the Nanjing Atrocities.

The Nanjing Atrocities is an invaluable resource for educators and students of history seeking an overview of World War II in East Asia.



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