The Japanese Red Army: A Short History out now in German

The Japanese Red Army: A Short History has been published in paperback by the Austria-based bahoe books.

Though originally broached as a partial German translation of my first book, Dissenting Japan, we eventually shaped the project into a kind of spin-off book based on two of the chapters. The relevant sections on the Red Army were updated and heavily expanded so as to work as a standalone book with a majority of new material.

japanese red army short history

Across around 150 pages, The Japanese Red Army: A Short History charts the interrelated stories of the Red Army Faction (Sekigun-ha), United Red Army (Rengō Sekigun) and Japanese Red Army (Nihon Sekigun), with a particular focus on the latter. The book sets out to explain the contexts and events of the groups for the general reader as well as rectify many of the misconceptions about them that have arisen in the mainstream discourse.

For local marketing purposes, the German title was clarified to Die japanische Rote Armee Fraktion (literally, The Japanese Red Army Faction), since Germany already has its own well-known Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion). The book, which is translated by Rudi Gradnitzer, also features an introduction by Gregor Wakounig.

There are currently no confirmed plans for publishing the English edition.

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1 Response to The Japanese Red Army: A Short History out now in German

  1. jc says:

    Please publish an English version.


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