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Posted 6/3/10
well the rape of nanking was preceded by a tough battle at Shanghai that began in the summer of 1937. Chinese forces there put up surprisingly stiff resistance against the Japanese Army which had expected an easy victory in China. The Japanese had even bragged they would conquer all of China in just three months. The stubborn resistance by the Chinese troops upset that timetable, with the battle dragging on through the summer into late fall. This infuriated the Japanese and whetted their appetite for the revenge that was to follow at Nanking. The massacre is a major focal point of burgeoning Chinese nationalism, and in China, opinions are relatively homogenous. In Japan, however, public opinion over the severity of the massacre remains widely divided - this is evidenced by the fact that whereas some Japanese commentators refer to it as the 'Nanking massacre' , others use the more ambivalent 'Nanking incident' ). The event continues to be a point of contention and controversy in Sino-Japanese relations. Many people were killed. It was a brutal and barbaric attack. Young boys were forced to have sex with their mothers, grown men were forced to commit sexual acts with corpses. The reason for that was because the Japanese wanted entertainment. Either people killed themselves so they would not have to endure the torture, or they were killed by the Japanese because they didn't obey them. It was the first bloodbath in Japan's occupation of China and the first mass slaughter of World War II, during which an estimated 30 million Chinese were killed. The Japanese Soldiers even have a picture as souvenir for them.

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Posted 6/3/10
I suggest you actually go do some research on it; I think you'll learn a lot about one of the greatest tragedies in world history - and this is no overstatement.

Iris Chang's Rape of Nanking isn't the most scholarly of works and its conclusions have been debated (it does seem like she may have overestimated the casualties, though the numbers are still staggering). However, she does a nice job of presenting what the Japanese seemed to have been thinking as they approached Nanking and during the weeks of horror after they took the city. She claims that the mindset of Japanese soldiers in general, and not simply the context surrounding this one particular operation, had the most to do with the event. Her book should be available in any library or bookstore - it was a bestseller. Go check it out.

If you're willing to do further research, there are other, more scholarly and detailed books available as well.
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Posted 6/4/10
Sorry but Crunchyroll isn't here to do your homework for you. If anyone would like to recreate this thread they're more than welcome to. But make sure the opening thread is open for a GENERAL discussion with a little bit of background so people know what to discuss.. and not asking homework questions.


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