Imperial Eclipse: Japan's Strategic Thinking about Continental Asia before August 1945 by Yukiko KoshiroImperial Eclipse: Japan's Strategic Thinking about Continental Asia before August 1945 by Yukiko Koshiro

Imperial Eclipse: Japan's Strategic Thinking about Continental Asia before August 1945

byYukiko Koshiro

Hardcover | June 11, 2013

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The "Pacific War" narrative of Japan's defeat that was established after 1945 started with the attack on Pearl Harbor, detailed the U.S. island-hopping campaigns across the Western Pacific, and culminated in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan's capitulation, and its recasting as the western shore of an American ocean. But in the decades leading up to World War II and over the course of the conflict, Japan’s leaders and citizens were as deeply concerned about continental Asia—and the Soviet Union, in particular—as they were about the Pacific theater and the United States. In Imperial Eclipse, Yukiko Koshiro reassesses the role that Eurasia played in Japan’s diplomatic and military thinking from the turn of the twentieth century to the end of the war.

Through unprecedented archival research, Koshiro has located documents and reports expunged from the files of the Japanese Cabinet, ministries of Foreign Affairs and War, and Imperial Headquarters, allowing her to reconstruct Japan’s official thinking about its plans for continental Asia. She brings to light new information on the assumptions and resulting plans that Japan’s leaders made as military defeat became increasingly certain and the Soviet Union slowly moved to declare war on Japan (which it finally did on August 8, two days after Hiroshima). She also describes Japanese attitudes toward Russia in the prewar years, highlighting the attractions of communism and the treatment of Russians in the Japanese empire; and she traces imperial attitudes toward Korea and China throughout this period. Koshiro’s book offers a balanced and comprehensive account of imperial Japan’s global ambitions.

Yukiko Koshiro is Professor in the College of International Relations at Nihon University, Japan. She is the author of Trans-Pacific Racisms and the U.S. Occupation of Japan, winner of the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize.
Title:Imperial Eclipse: Japan's Strategic Thinking about Continental Asia before August 1945Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.39 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801451809

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Table of Contents

Introduction. The World of Japan's Eurasian-Pacific War

Part I. The Place of Russia in Prewar Japan

1. Communist Ideology and Alliance with the Soviet Union
Allures of Utopia
The Soviet Union as Radical Hope
Alliance with the Soviet Union

2. Culture and Race: Russians in the Japanese Empire
Americans in Japan: The Most Isolated
Russians in Japan: The Blue-eyed Neighbors
Russians in Japan's Pan-Asianism

Part II. Future of East Asia after the Japanese Empire

3. Mao's Communist Revolution: Who Will Rule China?
Japan's China Studies and the CCP
Japanese Military Appraisal of CCP Propaganda
Moscow-Yan'an Dissonance
Toward the Recognition of Yan’an

4. International Rivalry over Divided Korea: Who to Replace Japan?
Early War Years: Assessing Communist Influences from Abroad
Understanding International Ambitions for Korea: The View from 1944

Part III. Ending the War and Beyond

5. Cold War Rising: Observing US-Soviet Dissonance
Diplomatic Charades with the Soviet Union
Japanese Peace Feelers and the United States
Moscow-Washington Dissonance and Competing Visions for a Postwar World
China Intrigue

6. Military Showdown: Ending the War Without Two-Front Battles
The Improbability of Two-Front Attacks
Korean Gambit

7. Japan’s Surrender: Views of the Nation
From "Mokusatsu" to Surrender: The Final Twenty Days of Japan’s War
Soviet Entry into the War and the American Use of the Atomic Bombs
Collapse of Japan’s Continental Empire

Part IV. Inventing Japan’s War: Eurasian Eclipse

8. Memories and Narratives of Japan’s War
Views of the War’s End and Beyond
Writing a History of Japan’s War

Epilogue. Toward a New Understanding of Japan’s Eurasian-Pacific War


Editorial Reviews

"Imperial Eclipse is a decisive recasting of the way we, in the West, tend to grasp Japan's geopolitical imaginary during World War II and its final stages. A salutary corrective to the typically U.S.-centered notion of a singular 'Pacific war' and the controversies of its atomic coda, Yukiko Koshiro's account establishes in no uncertain terms the Eurasian and colonial frame that was fundamentally at work. We will need to rethink."—Anders Stephanson, Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of History, Columbia University