World War II in the Pacific: An Encyclopedia

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World War II in the Pacific: An Encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of the military campaigns, diplomacy, politics, personalities, and social effects of this cataclysmic conflict. Its sweep extends from the 1930s, when the United States and Japan began to move inexorably toward war, to 1945, when the United States accepted the formal surrender of the Japanese military aboard the battleship Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay. With more than 250 authoritative entries, the encyclopedia covers not only the American point of view but also Japanese perspectives on and expectations for the war. The lively and accessible style makes articles on military subjects especially interesting for the nonspecialist. Readers will also learn how the war affected civilians: about the roles that women played in the conflict: and about the ways the war touched the lives of the often-forgotten indigenous peoples of the Pacific islands." "For those interested in additional research, a list of readings at the end of each article provides sources for further exploration. Also of special interest are the photos, which provide a visual history of the conflict's major moments.
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This encyclopedia offers short pieces describing the military campaigns, diplomacy, politics, personalities, and social effects of the American-Japanese conflict in the Pacific from the 1930s through the end of WWII. Over 250 entries by 110 different authors cover specific topics such as Manchuria, Japanese small arms, war artists, the bombing of Port Darwin, amphibious operations, Yosuke Matsuoka, and aircraft carriers. Sandler is a command historian at the US Army's Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Stanley Sandler is one of America's best-known military historians. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of London Department of War Studies, where he studied under the eminent military historian Sir Michael Howard. He was a Command historian for the US Army Special Operations Command for fourteen years and was a Visiting Professor in the History of Sea Power at the US Naval Academy. He will hold the Edwin Conquest '14 Chair in history at Virginia Military Institute, 1999-2000.

Dr. Sandler has received numerous academic and professional awards, including a New York State Regents' Teaching Fellowship, a Smithsonian Post-Doctoral Fellowship and a Secretary of the Army Research and Writing Fellowship. His publications include The Emergence of The Modern Capital Ship (1979), Segregated Skies: The All-black USAAF Squadrons of World War II(1992), The Korean War: An Encyclopedia (Garland, 1995), and numerous articles in military history.

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    Posted November 14, 2013


    Way to mutch

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