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How America Almost Lost the War From Pearl Harbor to Midway

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Title:How America Almost Lost the War From Pearl Harbor to Midway
Authors:Law, Charles
Contributors:Ziegler, Herbert (advisor)
History (department)
Date Issued:26 Sep 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:Up to a few years ago, much of what has been written about the Pacific Theater of the Second World War had been colored by American propaganda produced both during and after the war. During the war, it was a direct result of the Roosevelt Administration's policy of fighting a Hitler-first war. Any news that was deemed harmful to the war effort in Europe was suppressed. This was especially true in regard to stories of atrocities from prisoners liberated from Japanese prison camps. However, the end of hostilities in 1945 did not shed light upon the reality of war in the Pacific as it has on the war in Europe. While the genocidal activities of the Nazis became infamous, the similarly genocidal activities and far more cruel and barbaric actions of the Japanese went largely unreported. Cold War policies demanded that much of what had been written about Japanese actions as well as American responses be whitewashed by propaganda. Likewise, American officials deemed it necessary in the name of the fight against Communism not to hold the Japanese government and its many war criminals accountable for their actions. The militarists and industrialists who started and benefited from the war represented the stability needed to combat communist agitation in Japan. Consequently, many remained in power. There was no substantial Japanese equivalent to the de-Nazification which was implemented in Europe. To the chagrin of the millions of people formerly brutalized by them, many Japanese refuse to this day to admit that they had waged a genocidal war of conquest and utter brutality.
Pages/Duration:79 pages
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