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One of Japan's leading intellectuals brings us this deeply moving and memorable portrayal of how and why Japan waged war from 1931-1945, and what life was like for the Japanese people in a society engaged in total war.
"The Pacific War provides knowledge of what went on in Japan and in the conquered territories during World War II in elaborate and sometimes terrifying detail. I believe that no one can really understand contemporary Japan and its policies unless he is acquainted with the grim story Saburo Ienaga presents."--The New York Times Book Review
Table of Contents
Part One: Why Was the War Not Prevented?
Misconceptions about China and Korea
Thought Control and Indoctrination
The Military: Authoritarian and Irrational
Part Two: The Conduct of the War and the Result
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 Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: Liberation or Exploitation
The Horrors of War
Dissent and Resistance: Change from Within
Note: Changing Japanese Views of War