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By Marissa Moss

Although such a lot scholars are accustomed to the tale of the way patriots poured tea into Boston Harbor to protest the tax, they won't pay attention to the tales of comparable tea protests in different colonies. Moss explores 4 various towns (Boston, Charleston, manhattan, and Philadelphia), describing how anger over the taxes on tea helped gasoline the yankee Revolution. The ancient debts are expertly advised, and readers could be simply drawn in. the writer explains why the tax used to be before everything placed into position after which strikes in the course of the occasions surrounding the promoting of tea. basic files that come with letters, ads, maps, and newspaper articles are interwoven.

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The scene in Tokyo Bay, coming in the wake of the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, offered a stunning lesson in the kind of material strength and affluence that might be attained under American-style democracy. Although it took a \vhile for this equation of democracy with wealth and power to sink in, it took very little time for the scale of Japan's defeat to become apparent. Nine days after the surrender ceremony, MacArthur observed at a press conference that Japan had 44 Embracing Defeat fallen to the status of "a fourth-rate nation"-a blunt statement of reality guaranteed to tear asunder the vital organs of every Japanese leader from the emperor on down.

An anonymous letter published in the Asahi on June 9, 1946 captured the bleakness of such "homecomings": I returned to Japan from the southern regions on May 20. My house was burned, my wife and children missing. What little money I had quickly was consumed by the high prices, and I was a pitiful figure. Not a single person gave me a kind word. Rather, they cast hostile glances my way. Tormented and without work, I became possessed by a devil. His "devil" was the impulse to turn to crime. ·ent on to describe how he accosted a young man on a dark street, intending to rob him, only to discover that he was assaulting an off-duty policeman.

The government and civilian elites came off poorly indeed in Kata's new nation. Financial and economic policies did little more than enable big capitalists to weather the disruptions of defeat. Rampant inflation plunged the society into anxiety and imperiled democracy. The "epochmaking" election law that paved the way for the first general election under universal suffrage in April 1946 was a Pandora's box (Urashima Tara's box, in the Japanese idiom) that produced a reactionary cabinet under the conservative former diplomat Yoshida Shigeru.

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