A Japanese historian examines why Japan went to war. Alfred A. Knopf, , pages When Japan attacked the United States in Japan Countdown to Infamy. By Eri Hotta. pp. Alfred A. Knopf, $ Why did Japan start a war its top leaders knew it had. In Japan Countdown to Infamy, Japanese author Eri Hotta attempted to discuss this question via use of newly revealed information from.
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As Hotta tells too, basically everyone knew that war would be a horrific mistake and that Japan would be destroyed. They felt they had to choose between waging a reckless war and giving up all of Japan’s imperialistic conquest of many years in order to stave off war.
There are a few errors; for example the author seems to have relied too much on the debunked works of Mitsuo Fushida as a source. Yamamoto and Hirohito had insisted that Japan follow international law and declare war before engaging in offensive military actions. Sign In or Create an Account.
When he returned to Japan, he rose through the bureaucracy to eventually become Japan’s Foreign Minister. Hotta explains that there were two faction within the Japanese government, a civilian faction jzpan opposed war with the U. Laurel Merlington did a good job narrating the book. When Japan launched hostilities against the United States inargues Eri Japann, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a war they were almost certain to lose.
This said that neither signatory would engage in military conflict with the other, and that each would remain neutral should the other signatory engage in military conflict with a third party.
Book review: ‘Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy,’ by Eri Hotta
You could almost say that Japan went to war because they wanted to sit at the big kids table tk the other inffamy kids wouldn’t let them. Later, the invasion even if it was relatively quiet of Northern French Indochina was another highly important point for the West. According to the records she presents, the home government had no say in the decision and was against it. Slavery after Rome, — Even as Japanese diplomats continued to negotiate with the Roosevelt administration, Matsuoka Yosuke, the egomaniacal foreign minister who relished paying court to both Stalin and Hitler, and his facile supporters cemented Japan’s place in the fascist alliance with Germany and Italy–unaware or unconcerned that in so doing they destroyed the nation’s bona fides with the West.
It is an interesting fact that the decision to expand the territory in Manchukuo and ultimately into China proper was one made by the generals in Manchukuo.
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Hailed by anti-colonialists after defeating Russia inJapan then aggressively expanded across Asia. However, they did realize that if the U. In this environment, what happened was a tragic farce of high ranking officials saying one thing in public meetings while expressing the opposite opinion in private.
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He was for war and against it. Sep 12, Brita rated it liked it Shelves: This is essentially the question that Eri Hotta starts with in her compelling book investigating the intricacies of why Japan chose war over peace in It is hard to say. I would have liked to have heard more on resistance to the Axis alliance. The signing of the Tripartite Treaty with Nazi Germany Italy was essentially a non-factor was seen as a heinous act in the West, but regarded as something not so important in the Japanese corridors of power.
For example, the integration of the thoughts countdowm the novelist Nagai Kofu, who represented, in part the anti-militarist sentiment tto segments of Japanese society, providing insights into the private thoughts of Japanese citizens who were afraid to make their feelings known publicly.
It was seen by Japanese leaders as a provocation and a disgrace as they felt they were being bullied and humiliated. countrown
It’s more an indictment than an apologetic – you can sense Hotta’s desire to counydown as even-handed as possible while acknowledging that Japan’s actions were short-sighted, ill-advised, and driven by petty egos, intercultural blunders, miscommunication, arrogance, delusion, and multiple failures of will. I cannot understand the logic behind its leaders’ reasons to go to war, despite all the odds against it.
Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. She did in contents, but she had to avoid going into too much analysis in a book thus positioned. Infamyy the Japan The positions of men like Konoe, Tojo, Nagano and the bakuryo officers, mid-level bureaucrats who prepared most of the positions taken are analyzed and one can witness how difficult it was to achieve any consensus on policy in this environment.
HardcoverFirst Editionpages. No one wanted a war with the U. In the end The west has long been obsessed with Nazi Germany and counntdown lessons.