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The Pacific War Revisited
     

The Pacific War Revisited

by Gunter Bischof (Editor), Robert L. Dupont (Editor)
 
In 1991, leading scholars met at the University of New Orleans' Eisenhower Center to confer on the war in the Pacific. This volume, based on the proceedings of that conference, reflects the great complexity and scope of the conflict.

Rather than retread the familiar landscape of strategic and political issues, the nine commentaries presented here enter less traveled

Overview

In 1991, leading scholars met at the University of New Orleans' Eisenhower Center to confer on the war in the Pacific. This volume, based on the proceedings of that conference, reflects the great complexity and scope of the conflict.

Rather than retread the familiar landscape of strategic and political issues, the nine commentaries presented here enter less traveled terrain. Michael Schaller examines the importance of Douglas MacArthur's political charisma to his military career. Stephen E. Ambrose and Brian Loring Villa discuss the racism that was integral to the Pacific war and the decision to drop the A-bomb. Gregory J. W. Urwin's analysis of the Wake Island defenders' ordeal and Kathleen R. Warnes's focus on individual Navy and Army nurses' experiences in the Pacific together reveal the human faces so often lost behind the statistics of war.

Several of the selections challenge the "good war" thesis, and all show convincingly that the war with Japan offers a rich territory for further scholarly exploration.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Presents revised papers from a spring 1991 conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana, addressing less-familiar topics surrounding the Pacific conflict in WWII, such as naval logistics, the submarine campaign, the impact of racial thinking on strategy, the role of nurses, and the plight of POWs. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Akira Iriye
Judicious and well balanced, in sharp contrast to some of the emotional, hysterical accounts of the war that have emerged from both the United States and Japan in recent years. -- Akira Iriye

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807121566
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1997
Series:
Eisenhower Center Studies on War and Peace
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.84(d)

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