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The front matter section of this book Hirohito: The Shōwa Emperor in War and Peace contains a table of contents, the author names, editor's preface and author's preface of the English edition. As Emperor Hirohito's end approached, his life exercised increasing fascination for Japanese readers. Few countries have experienced more dramatic changes than Japan underwent during his reign of sixty-two years, and it is safe to say that no individuals have undergone the dizzying succession of roles that were his: symbol of early twentieth-century liberalism as a young monarch in the 1920s.

Keywords: Japan; Shōwa emperor



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