Warriors Of The Rising Sun: A History Of The Japanese Military by Robert B. EdgertonWarriors Of The Rising Sun: A History Of The Japanese Military by Robert B. Edgerton

Warriors Of The Rising Sun: A History Of The Japanese Military

byRobert B. Edgerton

Paperback | February 15, 1999

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During World War II, many of Japan's soldiers committed such crimes against humanity that the world recoiled in horror. During the notorious six-week-long "rape of Nanking" in 1937, Japanese forces murdered at least 200,000 men, women, and children. Throughout the Pacific War, Allied prisoners were often starved, tortured, beheaded, even cannibalized. Although Japan's military-men fought bravely against outnumbering forces again and again, their astonishing brutality made them a loathsome, unforgivable enemy.

While this chapter of Japanese history is well known, few realize that earlier in this century the Japanese were celebrated throughout the West for their chivalry in warfare. During the Boxer Rebellion in China and the savage Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5, the Western Press lauded the Japanese for their kindness to the wounded and imprisoned enemy.

Warriors of the Rising Sun chronicles the Japanese military's transformation from honorable "knights of Bushido" into men who massacred thousands during the Pacific War. Crucial in bringing about this change was Western rejection of Japan as an aspiring colonial power, as well as the West's racist, anti-Japanese immigration policies. Japan's leaders chose military brutality as a necessary means to achieve a rightful place in the world. Today, Japan has the second largest military budget in the world. What lessons have her leaders learned from the past wars?

Title:Warriors Of The Rising Sun: A History Of The Japanese MilitaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:388 pages, 9.04 × 6.02 × 1.09 inPublished:February 15, 1999Publisher:Westview PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813336007

ISBN - 13:9780813336008


From Our Editors

When one thinks of the WWII war crimes, one thinks automatically of Adolf Hitler, but some of the most heinous crimes of WWII were the ones carried out by Japanese soldiers. During the six-week "rape of Nanking", Japanese soldiers killed 200,000 men, women, and children. Tales of Japanese camps are legendary, and include stories of cannibalism, starvation, and torture. Warriors of the Rising Sun examines how Japanese soldiers transformed from noble warriors to the sadistic brutes of World War II.