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Hirohito and war : imperial tradition and military decision making in prewar Japan

Author: Peter Michael Wetzler
Publisher: Honolulu, Hawaii : University of Hawai'i Press, ©1998.
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The debate over Emperor Hirohito's accountability for government decisions and military operations up to the end of the World War II began before the end of the war and has continued even after his death. This book documents this controversy while providing insights into the Showa emperor's role in military planning in imperial Japan. It argues that Hirohito both knew of and participated in such planning and offers  Read more...
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Wetzler, Peter Michael, 1943-
Hirohito and war.
Honolulu, Hawaii : University of Hawai'i Press, c1998
(DLC) 97029981
(OCoLC)37361717
Named Person: Hirohito, Emperor of Japan; Hirohito, Emperor of Japan
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Michael Wetzler
ISBN: 0585327599 9780585327594
OCLC Number: 1021217520
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 294 p.)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
1. Introduction --
2. Imperial Navy Planning And The Emperor --
3. Pearl Harbor And Decision Making --
4. Tòjò And The Emperor: Mutual Political Convictions --
5. Scientism, History, And Confucianism: An Emperor’S Education --
6. Ancient Institutions And Foreign Cultures: New Interpretations For Modern Times --
7. Hirohito’S First Adviser: Count Makino Nobuaki --
8. Conclusion --
Appendixes --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index --
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The debate over Emperor Hirohito's accountability for government decisions and military operations up to the end of the World War II began before the end of the war and has continued even after his death. This book documents this controversy while providing insights into the Showa emperor's role in military planning in imperial Japan. It argues that Hirohito both knew of and participated in such planning and offers evidence that he was informed well in advance of the planned attack on Pearl Harbor. Using Japanese primary sources, this text aims to show that Hirohito's participation in the decision-making process was entirely consistent with his intellectual background and his passionate belief in the significance of the imperial tradition for the Japanese polity (kokutai) in prewar Japan.

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