Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War by Noriko KawamuraEmperor Hirohito and the Pacific War by Noriko Kawamura

Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War

byNoriko Kawamura

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This reexamination of the controversial role Emperor Hirohito played during the Pacific War gives particular attention to the question: If the emperor could not stop Japan from going to war with the Allied Powers in 1941, why was he able to play a crucial role in ending the war in 1945? Drawing on previously unavailable primary sources, Noriko Kawamura traces Hirohito?s actions from the late 1920s to the end of the war, analyzing the role Hirohito played in Japan?s expansion. Emperor Hirohito emerges as a conflicted man who struggled throughout the war to deal with the undefined powers bestowed upon him as a monarch, often juggling the contradictory positions and irreconcilable differences advocated by his subordinates. Kawamura shows that he was by no means a pacifist, but neither did he favor the reckless wars advocated by Japan?s military leaders.

Noriko Kawamura is associate professor of history at Washington State University. She is the author of Turbulence in the Pacific: Japanese-U.S. Relations during World War I.
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Title:Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 0.85 inPublished:October 26, 2015Publisher:University of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295995173

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction

1. The Aftermath of the Paris Peace Conference, 1919?1933 2. Crises at Home and Abroad: From the February 26 Incident to the Sino-Japanese War 3. The Road to Pearl Harbor4. An Uneasy Commander in Chief5. Imbroglio: Moves to End the War6. The ?Sacred Decision? to Surrender

Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index

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This reexamination of the controversial role Emperor Hirohito played during the Pacific War gives particular attention to the question: If the emperor could not stop Japan from going to war with the Allied Powers in 1941, why was he able to play a crucial role in ending the war in 1945? Drawing on previously unavailable primary sources, Noriko Kawamura traces Hirohito?s actions from the late 1920s to the end of the war, analyzing the role Hirohito played in Japan?s expansion. Emperor Hirohito emerges as a conflicted man who struggled throughout the war to deal with the undefined powers bestowed upon him as a monarch, often juggling the contradictory positions and irreconcilable differences advocated by his subordinates. Kawamura shows that he was by no means a pacifist, but neither did he favor the reckless wars advocated by Japan?s military leaders.Kawamura offers a novel perspective on the role of Emperor Hirohito in the Pacific War and in the years which preceded it. Based on new and reappraised sources, she draws a human portrait of him, different from the caricatures that have been presented until now. - Ben-Ami Shillony, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem