The Nanking Atrocity, 1937-38: Complicating the Picture, edited by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi. New York: Bergahn Books, 2007, 433 pp., $34.95 (paper)

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, but it is not yet a time for quiet reflection about the horrors of the past. Instead, vitriolic recriminations, denials, minimizing and shifting of responsibility define and shape the discourse about this tragedy. There is little middle ground and prospects for a consensus among Japanese scholars and between Japan and China remain remote because political agendas continue to resonate loudly within the discourse.

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