Publications, Lectures and Other Stuff
A useful article from the NYRB of 22 May 2014 by Rana Mitter, ‘The Smooth Path to Pearl Harbor’. It is a review of Eri Hotta’s book Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy (Knopf, 2013).
The review deals with Hotta’s analysis of the Japanese government decision-making in the run-up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the invasion of SE Asia — noting the strains within Japanese society at the time, the lack of strongly-voiced criticism of the drift towards war by those Japanese leaders who were opposed to it, and the unreality of the war-planners’ scenarios.
Mitter also discusses the contemporary Chinese and Japanese understandings of the War and the contrary views of different Japanese leaders and the way in which such pronouncements impact Sino-Japanese relations.
The article can be read here:
Btw, from another review: “Hotta illuminates the extraordinary ideological and military predicament in which Japan found itself in the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor…[She] brings to life the key figures of a deeply divided Japanese leadership…[and] scrupulously details [their] negotiations and squabbles…against a backdrop of dauntingly complex domestic and international maneuverings.” —The New Yorker