Japan's War: The Great Pacific Conflict / Edition 1

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Overview

The many factors that led to Japan's participation in World War II, and the horrifying battles that resulted, come into focus in Japan's War: The Great Pacific Conflict. The book, which takes into account Japanese and Asian documents and scholarship in addition to American and European sources, chronicles events in the Pacific from 1853 to 1951. During those years, the leaders of Japan, believing in the superiority of their nation and culture, sought to dominate East Asia and the Pacific Basin. That period also saw Japan and America becoming entangled in each other's national affairs, starting when Commodore Perry's ships ended Japan's isolation policy, and continuing into the occupation by the U. S. Army following the war. Author Hoyt shows conflicting personalities and historical context that led to the rise of Japanese militarism and wars with China and Russia. Japan's War examines the decisions that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the escalating climate of violence that resulted in the Rape of Nanking and the Bataan Death March.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"Using the official 101-volume Japanese-language history of World War II, which has never before been mined by Western historians, Hoyt has compiled a brilliantly accurate history of the war from the Japanese standpoint" was how LJ's reviewer praised this 1986 volume. Juxtaposing the histories of both Japan and the United States from 1853 to the 1950s, Hoyt concludes that the Pacific war was an inevitable clash. "Huge in scope, superbly researched, and eminently readable, this is essential for World War II collections." (LJ 3/15/86) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815411185
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 653,743
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin P. Hoyt, a former soldier, is a distinguished historian in the field of World War II studies, and the author of Inferno, The GI's War, and Hitler's War. He lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    A detailed history of the evolution of the Japanese military through World War II

    Japan's War by Edwin Palmer Hoyt is a very comprehensive treatment of the development of the modern Japanese military establishment. While meticulous in detail much of the background and discussion of Japanese military personalities would tend to bore the western reader with a limited knowledge of their general history. The author should have provided more detail of the behind the scenes Japanese plans and actions during World War II.

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    An excellent overview from the Japanese perspective

    Mr. Hoyt does a fantastic job of showing western readers the conditions in Japan that led up to the war in the Pacific. Understanding Japan's late entry as a world power, rapid industrialization, and the desire to extend a colonial reach are key elements presented here. It is directed to the general reader and flows very well. The only other historian that I have seen do this well is Antony Beevor in his "Stalingrad" and "Fall of Berlin" volumes. I highly recommend "Japan's War" to anyone who wishes to gain deeper knowledge of the events in the Pacific Theater of WWII.

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