Rape of Nanking, the brutal massacre of thousands of innocent Chinese citizens is brought forth through the invasion of this ancient city taken over by the Imperial Japanese army. Iris Chang illustrates the graphic details of the murder and rape of these victims through the perspectives of different sides of the attack. Chang; furthermore, ties in the mass genocide and destruction displayed throughout the book with the example of the Japanese government’s desperate attempt to cover up the incident and
Absolute historical fact is impossible to obtain. Although history tends to be thought of as based on facts, data and past happenings, history in its very nature subjects itself to human biases, personal interpretations, personal interests, national interests, and cultural values. The occurrence of the Raping of Nanking continues to be subjected to such interpretations. On December 12, 1937, an outbreak of mass murder and rape was committed by the Japanese troops against Nanking China during the
accurately states, “historians need to confront the issue of how to evaluate human memory as credible historical evidence, since it has cast a shadow over the debates about World War II in Asia” (Yang, 142). More interestingly in this debate is the role that non-historian accounts play in this ensuing battle of legitimacy versus politicization because as additionally Yang mentions, the onus of producing credible historical accounts “for historical inquiry” falls on the trained historian (Yang, 135).
“In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking. Within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured and murdered…” (Chang, Iris: Summary)This is the summary taken from the book “The Rape of Nanking” written by Iris Chang; and it only briefly describes the atrocities committed by the Japanese on the Chinese civilians in World War Two. After the war, the incident left an ugly scar of shame on the face of Japan while China had
( Nanking Massacre Encyclopedia Gale). The Japanese army made an assault on the Nanking walls from multiple directions. The streets were filled with bodies of men, women, kids, and even elderly people. The air was filled with the smell of blood. (Chang 24) The Japanese destroyed the town, and did what they had to do, which was to strike fear across the world through Nanking. Japan was power hungry, so they showed other countries what they were capable of doing. The Japanese used the Rape of Nanking
to read was The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang. This book describes the mass murder and large scale depravity by the Japanese army during World War II in China. The Rape of Nanking describes the events that occurred before, during and after the invasion and desecration of the Chinese people and their city. Iris Chang was born in Princeton, New Jersey on March 28, 1968. The Chang family then moved to Champagne-Urbana, Illinois due to her mother and father
Japan Times. The rape of Nanking. Dir. Anne Pick. Perf. Olivia Cheng. C-SPAN Archives, 2007. VHS. (Book): Chang, Iris. The rape of Nanking: the forgotten holocaust of World War II. New York, NY: BasicBooks, 1997. Print. (Documentary): The Rape of Nanking, Dir. Anne Pick. Perf. Olivia Cheng. 2007 (Website): The History Place - Genocide in the 20th Century: Rape of Nanking 1937-38." The History Place - Genocide in the 20th Century: Rape of Nanking 1937-38 Web. 27 Mar. 2014. (Website): Tharoor, Ishaan
city of Nanking (Nanjing) in December 1937, was chosen as an institutional example of evil. These pages will show how a man rose to power in Germany and set in motion events that engulfed the world’s then superpowers in the costliest war in world history. How an army lost control of it’s men that then looted, burned and then systematically raped, tortured, and murdered 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers in a matter of weeks. Adolf Hitler: Adolf Hitler was born at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of