Hirohito's War The Pacific War, 1941-1945

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-07-02
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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In his magisterial 1,152 page narrative of the Pacific War, Francis Pike's Hirohito's War offers an original interpretation, balancing the existing Western-centric view with attention to the Japanese perspective on the conflict. As well as giving a 'blow-by-blow' account of campaigns and battles, Francis Pike offers many challenges to the standard interpretations with regards to the causes of the war; Emperor Hirohito's war guilt; the inevitability of US Victory; the abilities of General MacArthur and Admiral Yamamoto; the role of China, Great Britain and Australia; military and naval technology; and the need for the fire-bombing of Japan and the eventual use of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Hirohito's War is accompanied by additional online resources, including more details on logistics, economics, POWs, submarines and kamikaze, as well as a 1930-1945 timeline and 178 maps.

Author Biography

Francis Pike is a historian, journalist and specialist in Asian economics, politics and history.  He has a PhD from Cambridge University, UK and is author of Empires at War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II (2009).

Table of Contents

Map, Diagram, Drawing and Chart List
PART I: Meiji Restoration: 1868
PART II: Japan Versus America and the World: 1931 – 1941
PART III: Hirohito’s Whirlwind Conquests:  December 1941 – June 1942
PART IV:‘Victory Disease’: Japan’s Reversal of Fortune: June – Dec 1942 
PART V: Toil and Sweat; the Pacific, India, Burma, & China: Jan 1943 – June 1944
PART VI: Japan’s Forces of Empire Annihilated: June 1944 – Feb 1945
PART VII: Destruction of Japan’s Homeland: February 1945 – Aug 1945

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