Imperial Japan's World War Two: 1931-1945

Imperial Japan's World War Two: 1931-1945

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by Werner Gruhl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765803526

ISBN-13: 9780765803528

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

The full extent and brutality of imperial Japan's actions before and during the

Second World War has not had the same cultural and political resonances as those of Nazi Germany, nor are they as well remembered. Werner Gruhl's objective is to present a fresh overview of the Asian-Pacific War and its victims, drawing particular attention to the neglected history of

Overview

The full extent and brutality of imperial Japan's actions before and during the

Second World War has not had the same cultural and political resonances as those of Nazi Germany, nor are they as well remembered. Werner Gruhl's objective is to present a fresh overview of the Asian-Pacific War and its victims, drawing particular attention to the neglected history of Japan's invasion of China and Southeast Asia. Gruhl seeks to show that the war in Asia and the Pacific is as much about Shanghai, Nanking, and Manila as about Pearl

Harbor, Midway, and Hiroshima. Gruhl's narrative makes clear why Japan's World War II aggression still touches deep emotions with East Asians and Western ex-prisoners of war, and why there is justifiable sensitivity to the way modern Japan has dealt with this legacy. Knowledge of the enormity of Japan's total war is also necessary to assess the United States' and her allies' policies toward Japan, and their reactions to its actions, extending from Manchuria in 1931 to Hiroshima in 1945. Gruhl takes the view that World War II started in 1931 when Japan, crowded and poor in raw materials but with a sense of military invincibility, saw empire as her salvation and invaded China. Japan's imperial regime had volatile ambitions but limited resources, thus encouraging them to unleash a particularly brutal offensive against the peoples of Asia and surrounding ocean islands. Their 1931 to 1945 invasions and policies further added to Asia's pre-war woes, particularly in China, by badly disrupting marginal economies, leading to famines and epidemics.Altogether, the victims of Japan's World War Two aggression took many forms and were massive in number. Gruhl offers a survey and synthesisof the historical literature and documentation, statistical data, as well as personal interviews and first-hand

accounts to provide a comprehensive overview analysis. The sequence of

diplomatic and military events leading to Pearl Harbor, as well as those leading to the U.S. decision to drop the atom bomb, are explored here as well

as Japan's war crimes and postwar revisionist/apologist views regarding them. This book will be of intense interest to Asian specialists, and those concerned with human rights issues in a historical context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765803528
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
822,465
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction Acknowledgments 1. Remembrance: The Matter of Representation in World War II Historiography 2. War Victims and Statistics 3. War and Peace and Imperial Japan 4. The Stage for Tragedy: From Manchuria to China to Indochina: 1931 to 1941 5. The Expanded Stage for Tragedy: Pearl Harbor, Southeast Asia, China, and the Pacific to Hiroshima, 1941-1945 6. Violent Death in China 7. Violent Death in Southeast Asia and the Indian and Pacific Islands 8. Forced Laborers, Refugees, and Privation Victims 9. The Raped, Tortured, Prisoners, and the Horrific Total 10. Devastation 11. China’s Plight and Contribution to Allied Victory 12. Responsibility for War and War Crimes 13. The Bombs of August: Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Perspective 14. Conclusion Bibliography Index

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Werner Gruhl has done a superb job in capturing the horrific effects of World War II upon the Asian populations. His many charts and tables clearly track the casualties caused by Japanese expansionist and war policies. Most noteworthy is his statistical assertion that the atomic bombings spared millions, not only Japanese and American combatants, but the civilian populations of Japan, China, and other nations trapped in Japan's Co-Prosperity Sphere. The links at his web page are outstanding. The photographs and documents are essential to understanding both sides in the Pacific War.