Japan at War 1931-45: As the Cherry Blossom Falls

Japan at War 1931-45: As the Cherry Blossom Falls

by David McCormack


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This fascinating history, recounted from both the American and Japanese perspectives, follows the course of the Empire of the Sun's ultimately unequal struggle against the great allied powers. Drawing on archive material, this new history provides the reader with piercing strategic and political insights which debunk many of the enduring myths which encompass Japan's apocalyptic drive for hegemony in Southeast Asia. Why did Japan invade China? Was war with America and the British Empire inevitable? Why was the Japanese mobile fleet defeated so decisively at Midway? Why did the Japanese continue fighting when defeat was inevitable? Was Emperor Hirohito merely a puppet of the militarists? Why did the Japanese people acquiesce in the occupation of their homeland? Whilst unsparing in its treatment of Japan's ultimate culpability for unleashing the Second World War, ‘Japan at War 1931–1945’ is an objective appraisal of the tragedy that engulfed much of the territories under Japanese control, and eventually Japan itself.

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ISBN-13: 9781781555453
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 11/04/2016
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David McCormack graduated with first class honors in Contemporary Military and International History. Regular contributor of Japan based historical articles to the International Academic Forum's Eye Magazine. Series of eight articles entitled Japan at War published by the Armourer Magazine 2005-2006.

Table of Contents

Prologue 7

1 A New Order: The Manchurian Crisis and China 11

2 Running Wild: Pearl Harbor 23

3 The Tiger of Malaya: Singapore 32

4 Victory Disease: Midway 45

5 The Slot: Guadalcanal 56

6 Storm of Steel: Tarawa 66

7 Turkey Shoot: The Marianas 75

8 Geographical Nightmares: Burma, India and China 84

9 Pearl of the Orient: The Philippines 89

10 Floating Chrysanthemum: Iwo Jima and Okinawa 100

11 B-san: The Bombing of Japan 122

12 The Sacred Crane Speaks: Surrender and Occupation 132

Epilogue 151

Select Bibliography 154

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