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Gathering Darkness

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The United States' involvement in World War II began with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. But for Japan, the conflict began at a much earlier date. This book focuses on Japan and the events in its military history leading up to and including Pearl Harbor. Unique in its perspective, A Gathering Darkness shows how historical events in the 1920s and 1930s steered the country into war with America and its allies.

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A Gathering Darkness: The Coming of War to the Far East and the Pacific, 1921-1942

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Overview

The United States' involvement in World War II began with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. But for Japan, the conflict began at a much earlier date. This book focuses on Japan and the events in its military history leading up to and including Pearl Harbor. Unique in its perspective, A Gathering Darkness shows how historical events in the 1920s and 1930s steered the country into war with America and its allies.

A Gathering Darkness looks at what happened inside Japan in the 1920s to change its outlook on the West. There was a general repudiation of western values by Japanese society, and Japan turned its back on the outside world and an international order that were making life difficult for the country. The treaties made in Washington in the 1920s left Japan with a local supremacy that no other power, including Britain and the United States, could challenge on the account of their lack of forward bases and their commitments that precluded full deployment of forces in the western Pacific.

A Gathering Darkness shows why Japan became increasingly militant in the 1930s. The authors look at Japanese military involvement in Manchuria beginning in September 1931. They cover the beginning of Japan's involvement in China in 1937, a conflict in which Japan would up in a deadlock with the China theater of operations in the period 1939–1941.

The book then analyzes the first five months of the Pacific War, including the Pearl Harbor strike and the synchronization of offensive operations across more than four thousand miles of ocean. It also investigates the dilemma Japan faced as it realized in early 1942 that the United States was not going to collapse.

A Gathering Darkness is the first volume in SR Books' trilogy on the Pacific War. This book offers a fascinating look at the prelude to the Pacific War and the early stages of the conflict that no one interested in World War II, military history, or Japanese history will want to miss.

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Editorial Reviews

War in History - Ian Nish
The book is a lively piece of critical writing from which the university student and the general reader will derive many new insights. It is novel in concept and rich in new information.
CHOICE - C J. Weeks
Tohmatsu and Willmott see the coming of the Pacific War as an ever-expanding series of conflicts begun by the Japanese army in Manchuria in 1931 and continuing through 1942. By focusing on the activities of the Japanese army and navy high command rather than diplomats between 1921 and 1942, this book provides a fresh perspective on the outbreak of the Pacific War. Recommended. It will be of interest to advanced students of the Pacific War.
Pacific Affairs
In this installment to the series entitled Total War: New Perspectives on World War II, edited by Michael A. Barnhart and H.P. Willmott, the latter has teamed up with Haruo Tohmatsu to produce a concise account of the events that led to the outbreak of war in the Pacific against the Allies in late 1941.
— Jeff Alexander, The Univerity of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Choice
Tohmatsu and Willmott see the coming of the Pacific War as an ever-expanding series of conflicts begun by the Japanese army in Manchuria in 1931 and continuing through 1942. By focusing on the activities of the Japanese army and navy high command rather than diplomats between 1921 and 1942, this book provides a fresh perspective on the outbreak of the Pacific War. Recommended. It will be of interest to advanced students of the Pacific War.
— C.J. Weeks, Southern Polytechnic State University
War In History
The book is a lively piece of critical writing from which the university student and the general reader will derive many new insights. It is novel in concept and rich in new information.
— Ian Nish, STICERD, London School of Economics and Political Science
Pacific Affairs - Jeff Alexander
In this installment to the series entitled Total War: New Perspectives on World War II, edited by Michael A. Barnhart and H.P. Willmott, the latter has teamed up with Haruo Tohmatsu to produce a concise account of the events that led to the outbreak of war in the Pacific against the Allies in late 1941.
CHOICE - C.J. Weeks
Tohmatsu and Willmott see the coming of the Pacific War as an ever-expanding series of conflicts begun by the Japanese army in Manchuria in 1931 and continuing through 1942. By focusing on the activities of the Japanese army and navy high command rather than diplomats between 1921 and 1942, this book provides a fresh perspective on the outbreak of the Pacific War. Recommended. It will be of interest to advanced students of the Pacific War.
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Meet the Author

Haruo Tohmatsu is associate professor of international relations at Tamagawa University, Tokyo. H. P. Willmott is a freelance writer and visiting lecturer at Greenwich Maritime Institute, the University of Greenwich, and, in 2004–2005, at The Citadel.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Japan the Taliban, 1921–1941
Chapter 2: Manchuria, Inner Mongolia, Northern China, and the End of Internationalism, 1931–1937
Chapter 3: The War in Northern and Central China
Chapter 4: The War in China after 1938 and the Decision for War in the Pacific, 1939–1941
Chapter 5: The Pacific War Unleashed: The Initial Japanese Attacks
Chapter 6: The Japanese Victory
Chapter 7: The Japanese Dilemma
Bibliography

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