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Pearl Harbor and the Coming of the Pacific War A Brief History with Documents and Essays,9780312147884

Pearl Harbor and the Coming of the Pacific War A Brief History with Documents and Essays

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2/15/1999
Publisher(s): Bedford/St. Martin's


Could more have been done during those fanatic months of negotiating between Washington and Tokyo to prevent the surprise attack by Japanese fighter planes on US carriers docked at Pearl Harbor? Assembling over 30 primary documents -- including proposals, memorandums, decrypted messages, and imperial conferences -- Akira Iriye allows the reader to view exchanges between the two governments from both American and Japanese perspectives, asking them to decide how and why particular key figures, events, and contingencies brought the US and Japan to war. A substantial introduction reaches back to Japanese aggression in China and Southeast Asia in the 1930s and to economic unrest and isolationism in the US to frame the ensuing diplomatic crisis leading to Pearl Harbor. A second part of the volume places Pearl Harbor in global context showcasing interpretive essays by historians from China, the Soviet Union, Germany, and Britain to show how these various countries applied pressure, offered assistance, exacerbated rifts, and significantly affected negotiations and Japan's decision to go to war.

Author Biography

Akira Iriye is professor of history at Harvard University, where he was appointed the Charles Warren Professor of American History in 1991. He has also taught at the University of Chicago and served as president of the American Historical Association in 1988. He has published widely on American diplomatic history and American-Asian relations, inlcuding Cultural Internationalism adn World Order (1997) and Japan and the Wider World (1997).

Table of Contents

Introduction: "The Day of Infamy"p. 1
The Documentsp. 13
Washington Discussions on China and the Tripartite (Axis) Pactp. 41
Discussing Plan Bp. 52
Discarding the Modus Vivendip. 69
The Hull Notep. 73
Japan's View of the Hull Notep. 79
Japan's December 7 Notep. 95
Introduction: Pearl Harbor in Global Contextp. 113
The Essaysp. 125
Japan's Decision to "Go South"p. 125
The Petroleum Questionp. 136
Ambassador Joseph C. Grew and the U.S.-Japanese Crisisp. 147
Pearl Harbor as an Intelligence Failurep. 158
The Chinese-Japanese Warp. 170
China and U.S.-Japanese Relationsp. 184
The British Perspectivep. 194
The Indonesian Perspectivep. 207
The German Perspectivep. 219
The Soviet Perspectivep. 230
Chronology of Events Related to Pearl Harbor and the Coming of the Pacific War (1931-1941)p. 242
Selected Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 249
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