Warriors of the Rising Sun: A History of the Japanese Military / Edition 1 by Robert Edgerton | 9780813336008 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Warriors of the Rising Sun: A History of the Japanese Military / Edition 1

Warriors of the Rising Sun: A History of the Japanese Military / Edition 1

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by Robert Edgerton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813336007

ISBN-13: 9780813336008

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Basic Books

During World War II, many of Japan’s soldiers committed such crimes against humanity that the world recoiled in horror. During the notorious six-week-long “rape of Nanking” in 1937, Japanese forces murdered at least 200,000 men, women, and children. Throughout the Pacific War, Allied prisoners were often starved, tortured, beheaded, even

Overview

During World War II, many of Japan’s soldiers committed such crimes against humanity that the world recoiled in horror. During the notorious six-week-long “rape of Nanking” in 1937, Japanese forces murdered at least 200,000 men, women, and children. Throughout the Pacific War, Allied prisoners were often starved, tortured, beheaded, even cannibalized. Although Japan’s military men fought bravely against outnumbering forces again and again, their astonishing brutality made them a loathsome, unforgivable enemy.While this chapter of Japanese history is well known, few realize that earlier in this century the Japanese were celebrated throughout the West for their chivalry in warfare. During the Boxer Rebellion in China and the savage Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5, the Western Press lauded the Japanese for their kindness to the wounded and imprisoned enemy.Warriors of the Rising Sun chronicles the Japanese military’s transformation from honorable “knights of Bushido” into men who massacred thousands during the Pacific War. Crucial in bringing about this change was Western rejection of Japan as an aspiring colonial power, as well as the West’s racist, anti-Japanese immigration policies. Japan’s leaders chose military brutality as a necessary means to achieve a rightful place in the world. Today, Japan has the second largest military budget in the world. What lessons have her leaders learned from the past wars?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813336008
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. The Crucible of Conflict - Northeast Asia
2. The Boxer Rebellion - Japan in the World's Eyes
3. "And Where May Japan Happen to Be?"
4. "Brute Force, Anguish, and Humiliation"
5. "You Can Keep Tokyo for Yourself"
6. "To Hell with Babe Ruth"
7. "Remember Pearl Harbor"
8. "Not Necessarily to Our Advantage"
9. From Chivalry to Brutality Epilogue Notes
Bibliography
Index

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