Japanese Military Strategy in the Pacific War: Was Defeat Inevitable?

Japanese Military Strategy in the Pacific War: Was Defeat Inevitable?

by James B. Wood
ISBN-10:
074255340X
ISBN-13:
9780742553408
Pub. Date:
08/05/2007
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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Overview

Japanese Military Strategy in the Pacific War: Was Defeat Inevitable?

In this provocative history, James B. Wood challenges the received wisdom that Japan's defeat in the Pacific was historically inevitable. He argues instead that it was only when the Japanese military abandoned its original strategic plan-to secure resources and establish a viable defensible perimeter-that the Allies were able to regain the initiative and lock Japanese forces into a war of attrition they were not prepared to fight. The book persuasively shows how the Japanese army and navy had both the opportunity and the capability to have fought a different and more successful war. If Japan had traveled that alternate military road, the outcome of the Pacific War could have been far different from the ending we know so well-and, perhaps a little too complacently, accept.

About the Author:
James B. Wood is Charles Keller Professor of History at Williams College

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742553408
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/05/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 896,669
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction: Pacific War Redux     1
Going to War     7
Losing the War     23
Winning the War     37
Missing Ships     45
Sunk     59
A Fleet in Being     71
The Battle for the Skies     87
The Japanese Army in the Pacific     103
Conclusion: The Road Not Taken     119
Bibliography     127
Index     135
About the Author     141

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