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Lives Divided In The Second World War: The Individual And The Master Narrative Of War

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This chapter examines the problems inherent in the relationship of the individual narrative and the master narrative of history. It also examines the relationship between the experience of individuals and families during the Second World War on the one hand, and the 'master narrative' of the war on the other. The chapter questions the adequacy of the master narrative as a collective summation of all individual and family narratives, and also questions how well the master narrative informs individual and family narratives which purportedly contribute to the master narrative. The problematic issue in the chapter is how the individual and the family are related to the master narrative of the time in which they lived. The master narrative of Japanese American history is unambiguous in pointing out the chasm between the Issei generation siding with Japan and the Nisei generation siding with the United States.

Keywords: family narratives; Japanese American history; master narrative; Second World War; United States



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