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Western protectionism, which had obstructed Japan's commercial development, and
Japan's lack of secure supplies of food and raw materials
Japan would soon face Asian competition and needed to develop more varied and
sophisticated export products.
Memories of casualties, atrocities and devastation soon produced a historiography
which was preoccupied with issues…

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Thomas Havens' Valley of Darkness examined the halfforgotten realities of
wartime life: food and clothing shortages and rationing, air raid precautions, mass
evacuation and months of relentless bombing.
Havens also placed such emotional phenomena as 'spiritual mobilisation' and
highpitched propaganda in the context of modern, allout total war. Progressive


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