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Book Launch of “Architects of Occupation: American Experts and the Planning for Postwar Japan”



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Speakers: Dr Dayna Barnes, Centre for Modern History, and, Dr Aurélie Basha i Novosejt, University of Kent


The Allied occupation of Japan is remembered as the "good occupation."  An American-led coalition Cover art successfully turned a militaristic enemy into a stable and democratically.  Of course, the story was more complicated, but the occupation did forge one of the most enduring relationships in the postwar world.  

Recent events, from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan to protests over American bases in Japan to increasingly aggressive territorial disputes between Asian nations over islands in the Pacific, have brought attention back to the subject of the occupation of Japan. In Architects of Occupation, Dayna L. Barnes exposes the wartime origins of occupation policy and broader plans for postwar Japan. She considers the role of presidents, bureaucrats, think tanks, the media, and Congress in policymaking.

Members of these elite groups came together in an informal policy network that shaped planning. Barnes traces the rise and spread of ideas across the policy network. The book contributes a new facet to the substantial literature on the occupation, serves as a case study in foreign policy analysis, and tells a surprising new story about World War II.

About the speakers

Author, Dr Dayna Barnes, is a lecturer in Modern History in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London. She is currently researching the experiences of American diplomats interned in Tokyo after Pearl Harbor. Architects of Occupation is her first book.

Discussant, Dr Aurélie Basha i Novosejt, is a lecturer in American History at the University of Kent. Her upcoming book I Made Mistakes (Cambridge University Press, 2019) reconsiders Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara’s decisions during the Vietnam War.

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5.30pm - 7.00pmTuesday 19th February 2019

The Northampton Suite University Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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