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The Pacific War , 1931-1945 : a critical perspective on Japan's role in World War II /

Statement of responsibility: by Saburō Ienaga.
by Ienaga, Saburō.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: The Pantheon Asia library.Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1978Description: xvi, 316 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0394734963 (softbound).Uniform titles: Taiheiyō sensō. English.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan | Japan -- History -- 1912-1945
Contents:
Misconceptions about China and Korea -- Thought control and indoctrination -- The military : authoritarian and irrational -- The beginning : aggression in China -- The war in China : a clash of political values -- The war at home : democracy destroyed -- Japan extends the war to the Pacific -- The Greatest East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere : liberation or exploitation? -- The horrors of war -- Dissent and resistance : change from within -- Defeat -- Conclusion -- Note: Changing Japanese views of the war -- Notes -- Index
General Note(s):
Translation of Taiheiyō sensōSummary: "I wrote this book to show the Japanese people the naked realities of the Pacific War. My objective was to stimulate reflection and self-criticism about the war. With the development of weapons of indiscriminate mass murder and the real possibility of a nuclear holocaust, Japan's experience of the "horrors of war" may prove a valuable lesson for other countries as well. Our postwar Constitution renounces war and stipulates that war potential is never to be maintained. The Japanese people's efforts to achieve these goals stem from a fervent hope that our country will never again experience such a tragedy. The ideal of "eternal peace" for all mankind has also shaped our attitudes toward war and armaments. The publication of The Pacific War in English edition now makes the book available to a larger audience. To me the appearance of an English edition is both highly significant and extremely gratifying." - Saburo Ienaga (from the Preface)
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Roderick Hall Coll.
RHC - Japanese Publications / Perspective D 767.2 I313 1978 (Browse shelf) Available 17935

Translation of Taiheiyō sensō.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Misconceptions about China and Korea -- Thought control and indoctrination -- The military : authoritarian and irrational -- The beginning : aggression in China -- The war in China : a clash of political values -- The war at home : democracy destroyed -- Japan extends the war to the Pacific -- The Greatest East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere : liberation or exploitation? -- The horrors of war -- Dissent and resistance : change from within -- Defeat -- Conclusion -- Note: Changing Japanese views of the war -- Notes -- Index

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