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Cover for "By Means of Sports": U.S.-Japan Baseball Exchange and the Construction of Post-War Japanese Identity
dc.contributor.advisorLooney, Kristen
dc.creator
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-30T12:35:44Z
dc.date.available2020-06-30T12:35:44Z
dc.date.created2020
dc.date.issued
dc.date.submitted01/01/2020
dc.identifier.uri
dc.descriptionM.A.
dc.description.abstractScholarship has recognized that a shared passion for baseball between the United States and Japan helped facilitate reconciliation between the two states after World War II, but not enough focus has been put on the role the long history of U.S.-Japan baseball cooperation played in this change. U.S.-Japan baseball exchange, which started in the nineteenth century, enabled Japan to pivot away from its wartime identity during the U.S. occupation after World War II in two key ways. First, the return of domestic Japanese baseball institutions, built through exchange and communication with the American baseball community, provided a bridge to Japan’s pre-war history and values. Second, U.S. occupation and Japanese authorities promoted baseball in the post-war period to facilitate better U.S.-Japan relations, using the sport to encourage the spread of democratic values and favorable opinions of the United States in Japan, while also repairing Japan’s image in the United States. Through these mechanisms, baseball played a major role in building a post-war Japan disassociated with its wartime militarism and situated for long-term alignment with the United States.
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dc.format.extent28 leaves
dc.languageen
dc.publisherGeorgetown University
dc.sourceGeorgetown University-Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
dc.sourceAsian Studies
dc.subjectBaseball
dc.subjectInternational Relations
dc.subjectJapan
dc.subjectUnited States
dc.subject.lcshAsia -- Research
dc.subject.otherAsian studies
dc.title"By Means of Sports": U.S.-Japan Baseball Exchange and the Construction of Post-War Japanese Identity
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