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Transnational Nazism
Ideology and Culture in German-Japanese Relations, 1919–1936

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  • Author: Ricky W. Law, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
  • Date Published: May 2019
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  • isbn: 9781316998182

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  • In 1936, Nazi Germany and militarist Japan built a partnership which culminated in the Tokyo-Berlin Axis. This study of interwar German-Japanese relations is the first to employ sources in both languages. Transnational Nazism was an ideological and cultural outlook that attracted non-Germans to become adherents of Hitler and National Socialism, and convinced German Nazis to identify with certain non-Aryans. Because of the distance between Germany and Japan, mass media was instrumental in shaping mutual perceptions and spreading transnational Nazism. This work surveys the two national media to examine the impact of transnational Nazism. When Hitler and the Nazi movement gained prominence, Japanese newspapers, lectures and pamphlets, nonfiction, and language textbooks transformed to promote the man and his party. Meanwhile, the ascendancy of Hitler and his regime created a niche for Japan in the Nazi worldview and Nazified newspapers, films, nonfiction, and voluntary associations.

    • Uses both German and Japanese primary sources, many of which have been previously neglected
    • Explains interwar German-Japanese rapprochement from ideological and cultural perspectives, and the role of the national media of both countries
    • Offers an incisive look at how the seemingly narrow Nazi ideology gained broad prominence and popularity beyond its obvious core demographic
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    'Based on a mountain of evidence in three languages, Transnational Nazism offers a striking vision of interwar Japan-German ties as an ‘imagined community'. Far from a natural association of totalitarianism, the Anti-Comintern Pact relied on a decade and a half of willful cultural production by a wide array of civil society actors.' Frederick Dickinson, University of Pennsylvania

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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316998182
    • contains: 21 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Transnational Nazism in Japan
    1. Germany in newspapers
    2. Germany in lectures and pamphlets
    3. Germany in nonfiction
    4. Germany in language textbooks
    Part II. Transnational Nazism in Germany
    5. Japan in newspapers
    6. Japan in films
    7. Japan in nonfiction
    8. Japan in voluntary associations
    Conclusion.

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    Ricky W. Law, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
    Ricky W. Law is Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania. He has received grants and fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the Royster Society of Fellows. In 2013, he received the Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he earned his Ph.D., and the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize of the Friends of the German Historical Institute.

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