Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army

Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army

by Meirion Harries, Susie Harries


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The authors trace the origins of the Imperial Army back to its samurai roots in 19th-century Japan to tell the story of the rise and fall of this extraordinary military force. "Analyzes the military legacy of the Imperial Army and assesses moral repsonsibility for its excesses".--Kirkus. Photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679753032
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/1994
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 569
Sales rank: 470,768
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Meirion and Susie Harries began their writing partnership in 1979 and have since co-authored six books, as well as articles on Japanese security and environmental policy for English and Japanese newspapers. This is their second book on Japanese history. They live in England.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsvii
Part ICreating the Imperial Army, 1868-1890
1Samurai and Squint-Eyed Barbarians3
2Emperor and Army18
3The End of the Samurai26
4The Nation in Arms35
5A Modern Army Emerges43
Part IIThe Army at War, 1890-1918
6Line of Advantage: The First Sino-Japanese War53
7The Russian Menace64
8War with Russia74
9The Army under Attack94
10Falling Back: The Great War109
Part IIIIn the Age of Total War, 1918-1932
11Rethinking War119
12The Great Divide126
14The Hard Chief and the Visionary145
15Turning Sour in Shanghai155
Part IVDivided Army, 1932-1937
16The Officer Corps Divides167
17The Spur to Action176
18The February 26 Revolt183
19To the Threshold of Power189
Part VThe China War, 1937-1941
20Marco Polo Bridge201
21To the Gates of Nanking210
22A Carnival of Death221
23On to Hankow231
24Plunder and Narcotics240
25At War with Mao247
26The Price of War256
Part VIThe Strike South, 1939-1941
27Salvation in the South269
28Facing Reality281
29A Time for Leadership288
Part VIIThe Pacific War: the Attack
30"Firecracker Attack": The Hundred Days303
31"Beneath the Skin": The Japanese Fighting Man317
32"Faith Is Strength": Fighting Spirit322
33"Gangsters, Catburglars and Poachers": The Philosophy of the Attack326
34"Do Your Best and Leave the Rest to Providence": The Senior Commanders335
35"My Sword Is My Soul": Weapons348
36The Missing Link: Air Power362
37Staying Alive: Logistics369
38Hidden Asset: Military Intelligence375
Part VIIIThe Pacific War: the Retreat
39"Advancing to the Rear": The Defensive385
40"The Pacific Is Also Big": Japan's Long Decline393
41"The World's Worst Country": Imphal406
42"Powerful Enemies": Weaknesses in the Imperial Army415
43"Desperate and Crazy to Die": Last Stands428
44Death March: The Road to Surrender444
Part IXThe Shrouded Past
46"Longstanding Regrettable Practices": Atrocities and Their Origins475
47Facing the Past485
A Note on Sources493

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Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Borg-mx5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent and in-depth history of the Japanese Army.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book twice. I have not read another book except some of John Tolland's work about the war with Japan . This is a  comprehensive book about the creation of the Imperial Japanese Army.  This is my opinion. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an exceptionally outstanding and well-researched history of the Imperial Japanese Army in the 20th century. It goes along way in explaining how and why the Japnanese army performed the way it did in World War II. This book is an excellent way for readers to acquaint themselves with the Japanese mindset, then as well as now. A valuable fact-based source for understanding 20th Century Japanese military affairs. A MUST-BUY for any reader!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book does a decent job of detailing the historical aspects of the Japanese Army during WWII, the not-so-thinly veiled racism that is apparent in this book is disturbing to say the least. The Harries' seem to believe that all Japanese (even those who have immigrated to other nations) are intent on world domination (see p. 492 'They buy shares in Rockefeller Center- and it is part of a hundred-year plan for world domination.' HUH?!? Can you say 'paranoia?' Since the British have the largest single foreign investment in the United States, does this mean they are intent on dominating the United States? It is this kind of convoluted logic that truly denigrates what might have been a very valuable contribution to a subject that needs historical documentation. If you want a balanced perspective of history, I suggest you keep shopping.