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The fighting ships of the Rising Sun : the drama of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1895-1945

Author: Stephen Howarth
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 1983.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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The Imperial Navy of Japan is the only world-class navy in history which had a definite beginning and an equally definite end, covering a span of nearly fifty-one years. Despite its brief life, the Imperial Navy rapidly achieved the status of the world's third greatest navy, and in its last years almost won an even higher position - but instead, in the final contest, lost everything -- [Pref.].
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Genre/Form: History
Naval history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Howarth, Stephen.
Fighting ships of the Rising Sun.
New York : Atheneum, 1983
(OCoLC)559874523
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Howarth
ISBN: 0689114028 9780689114021
OCLC Number: 9829410
Notes: "Published in Great Britain under the title: Morning glory"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 398 pages, [20] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The darkness before dawn 1853-1894 --
A new precedent ... inconceivably disastrous to mankind --
pt. 2. The sun rising 1894-1905. 'Slow to learn ... but very sure' --
'These bright dreams, these illusions' --
'A great feeling of exhilaration' --
'Allies, arms and intelligence' --
'The national pleasure of building ships' --
'Distant thunder ... death is near' --
'A collection of stage properties' --
'The day is fine, but the sea is high' --
pt. 3. Sun over the yard arm 1906-1920. 'Bellicose rumours' --
'To hold its own against any enemy' --
'Signal success' --
'Two formidable new powers' --
pt. 4. Eclipse 1921-1946. 'Pacific intentions' --
'Why should there be a war with Japan?' --
'Different ideas of peace' --
'Japan has never lost a war' --
'Clouds over the sea' --
pt. 5. Zenith 1937-1942. 'Dangerous toys' --
'Paddling against the rapids' --
'I shall run wild' --
'The proper application of overwhelming force' --
'The Imperial Navy takes this territory' --
'The enemy is unaware of our presence' --
pt. 6. The tropical twilight 1942-1945. 'These bright ministers of death' --
'Change target!' --
'Our chief objective is to kill the enemy' --
'I have grave news' --
'The fate of the Empire' --
'This proud success' --
'This ultimate assignment' --
'The fiercest serpent' --
Epilogue : The four seas in brotherhood. 'Grim reflections ... ominous of change' --
'Evening faces'.
Responsibility: Stephen Howarth.

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The Imperial Navy of Japan is the only world-class navy in history which had a definite beginning and an equally definite end, covering a span of nearly fifty-one years. Despite its brief life, the Imperial Navy rapidly achieved the status of the world's third greatest navy, and in its last years almost won an even higher position - but instead, in the final contest, lost everything -- [Pref.].

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