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Chang adds more perspective to the death toll: [I]t is shocking to contemplate that the deaths at Nanking far [End Page ] exceeded the deaths from the American raids on Tokyo an estimated 80,—, deaths and even the combined death toll of the two atomic blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the end of estimated at , and 70,, respectively.
Chang writes Not only did live burials, castration, the carving of organs, and the roasting of people become routine, but more diabolical tortures were practiced, such as hanging people by their tongues on iron hooks or burying people to their waists and watching them get torn apart by German shepherds. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE.
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Contact Contact Us Help. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking Nanjing and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured, and murdered more than , Chinese civilians.
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The Rape of Nanking tells the story from three perspectives: that of the Japanese soldiers who performed it; of the Chinese civilians who endured it; and finally of a group of Europeans and Americans who refused to abandon the city and were able to create a safety zone that saved almost , Chinese. But this book does more than just narrate details of an orgy of violence; it attempts to analyze the degree to which the Japanese imperial government and its militaristic culture fostered in the Japanese soldier a total disregard for human life.
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Finally, it tells one more shocking story: Despite the fact that the death toll at Nanking exceeded the immediate deaths from the atomic blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined and even the total wartime casualty count of entire European countries , the Cold War led to a concerted effort on the part of the West and even the Chinese to court the loyalty of Japan and stifle open discussion of this atrocity. Because of Chang s book, the second rape of Nanking is ending.
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