Dower's Case Study Of Human Memory

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1) Dower defines memory as a tool that can be used to bridge a gap between generations to develop new perspectives on influential events that occurred in the past. Dower asks what events and stories are left out of the historical narrative due to the impact of political power. Dower argues that in order to understand the memory of historical events there needs to be an inclusive incorporation of perspectives that does not overlook complicating and controversial facts.
2) Case Study/Primary and Secondary Sources/Observation; Archival Research/Surveys.
3) Dower argues that the heroic narrative presents a fraction of the human memory because it clouds the truth of what occurred in WWII. Dower discusses the topic of memory and historical narrative through an example of the proposed Smithsonian exhibition on the end of WWII in Japan. He argues that this exhibition failed to be erected because the heroic narrative of America in WWII was and is too powerful to present a full account of the past.
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5) Incorporating the intersectionalities of cultures and ethnicities, is helpful in understating memory and power because it provides complete insight into historical narratives, events, and their effect on differing