World War II in Asia and the Pacific and the War's Aftermath, with General Themes: A Handbook of Literature and Research

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A companion to World War II in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, this volume reevaluates the most enduring literature on basic aspects of the war in Asia and the Pacific. It also covers themes pertaining to societies at war, culture, the arts, and science and technology as well as international relations and the postwar world. Included are not only grand strategy, military and naval campaigns, and matters of diplomacy, but also resistance, collaboration, prisoners of war, and broad topics of the home front, including chapters on gender issues, film, literature, popular culture, and propaganda. This volume and its companion provide the first comprehensive historiographic reference work on the war.

Each chapter describes the state of knowledge on the topic, relating each bibliographic reference to the chapter's themes and issues, and concludes with a bibliography. Recent original scholarship is included when it aids new understanding, and older works of enduring value also find a place. The essays in this volume will interest scholars and college teachers as well as advanced students and serious amateurs seeking insight into the history of the war and its literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313293269
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 528
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

LOYD E. LEE is Professor of History and Chair of the department at the State University of New York, the College at New Paltz.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I International Background to the War in Asia
1 International Relations and the Origins of the War in Asia and the Pacific War 5
Pt. II The Asian and Pacific Theaters
2 The Second Sino-Japanese War, 1931-1945 27
3 The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor 45
4 Japanese Strategy and Campaigns in the Pacific War, 1941-1945 56
5 American and Allied Strategy and Campaigns in the Pacific War, 1941-1945 72
6 Burma and Southeast Asia, 1941-1945 90
7 The Air War against Japan and the End of the War in the Pacific 104
Pt. III War and Society in the Asian and Pacific Theaters
8 Japanese Occupation, Resistance, and Collaboration in Asia 121
9 The Domestic Impact of War and Occupation on Japan 138
10 European Reconquest and Neocolonialism in Southeast Asia 152
11 Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees: The Asian and Pacific Theaters 172
Pt. IV The War in Science, Technology, Propaganda, and Unit Histories
12 Science, Technology, and Weapons Development 187
13 Propaganda, Public Opinion, and Censorship during the Second World War 206
14 Unit Histories and the Experience of Combat 222
Pt. V War, the Arts, and the Life of the Spirit
15 The War and Film in the United States and Britain 241
16 Japanese War Films 255
17 The Holocaust and Film 263
18 The "Western" Fiction of World War II 272
19 Lines (In)Formation: Anglophone Poetry in the Second World War 293
20 The War and the Visual Arts 305
21 Art Music and World War II 323
22 Popular Culture and World War II 334
23 American Christianity on the Home Front during the Second World War 350
24 Christianity Outside North America 364
25 Cultural Background to the War 385
Pt. VI World War II and Postwar International Relations
26 Allied Summit Diplomacy 401
27 Planning for the Postwar World Economy and the United Nations 422
28 The Breakdown of the Grand Alliance and the Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1947 436
29 War Crimes, International Criminal Law, and the Postwar Trials in Europe and Asia 454
Author Index 475
Subject Index 499
About the Editor and Contributors 509
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