In 2009, the Prange Collection staff designed an exhibit that was inspired by Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John Dower. Published in 1999, it remains the seminal work on the Occupation of Japan. The exhibit was entitled, Voices of the Vanquished: Censored Print Publications from Postwar Japan, 1945-1949 and took place in the exhibit gallery in Hornbake Library North, the home of Special Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries. The exhibit captured the Japanese experience of the Allied Occupation through materials from the Prange Collection. There was no virtual exhibit to extend the life and audience of the physical exhibit. We have decided to use this blog for that purpose. In a series that will unfold over several months, we will focus on the exhibit themes (cases), including: Shattered Lives, Cultures of Defeat, Making Revolution, Embracing Revolution, Censored Democracy, Bridges of Language, Pulp Fiction, Imperial Democracy, Constitutional Democracy, and Victor’s Justice, Loser’s Justice.
Voices of the Vanquished