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The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825–1995$
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Chushichi Tsuzuki

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205890.001.0001

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From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima

From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima

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(p.292) 14 From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima
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The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825–1995
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CHUSHICHI TSUZUKI

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205890.003.0015

The frontier wars of the 1930s had been more than ‘sideshows’ to the later Asia-Pacific War; they illustrate the process of the ‘abject slide’ into the war. The frontier war with Russia is illustrated. It also addresses the transition from French Indochina to Pearl Harbor. Jubilation over the initial victories in the war against the Allies lasted only six months; then came a series of disasters that continued for more than three years and ended in a final catastrophe. In addition, it outlines the Yokusan movement and war fascism, midway and Guadalcanal, ‘Tenshin’ and the ‘absolutely necessary national defence sphere’, and the Burma front. The American attempt to recapture the Philippines began with the landing of their troops on Leyte in October 1944 and on Luzon in January 1945. Discussion on home affairs and Tojo's resignation, the battle for Okinawa, the reckoning of a lost war, Teheran, Yalta, Potsdam, and Hiroshima, and Japanese surrender is given as well.

Keywords:   Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, Teheran, Yalta, Potsdam, Yokusan movement, war, Tenshin, Leyte, Okinawa

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