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Drawing on¿documents in US and British archives, Douglas Ford explores why the belligerents in the Pacific war fought the way that they did. The book focuses not only on the battlefield level, but also provides a perspective from the military high command, government, and non-combatant citizens. How did Japan emerge as a Great Power following the breakdown of the Washington Treaty system of 1921-22? What factors propelled Japan's aggressive expansion on the Asian continent during the 1930s? After Pearl Harbor, Japan rapidly conquered Southeast Asia and the western Pacific but the tide of the war shifted in the Allies' favour at Midway and Guadalcanal. The book concludes with the reasons why the Pacific War ended with Japan's unconditional surrender, and the consequences of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
Table of contents
Introduction / 1. Japan Emerges as a Great Power 1860 - 1930¿/ 2.¿Prelude to the Pacific War: the China Question 1931-40 / 3.¿The Road to Pearl Harbor 1940-41 / 4. Japan Triumphant, December 1941 - Spring 1942 / 5. The Allies Turn the Tide, June 1942 - January 1943 / 6. The Dynamics of War: Strategy and Operations /¿7. Tactics and Technology¿/ 8. Morale and Combat Motivation¿/ 9. The Intelligence War / 10. Economies at War / 11. A War of Coalitions / 12. War and the Home Fronts /¿13. The Endgame, Autumn 1944 to Summer 1945 / 14. The Atomic Bomb and the End of the Pacific War / Conclusion.
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