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Origins of the Pacific War and the importance of 'magic'

Author: Keiichiro Komatsu
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Apart from the book's inherent critical value deriving from the fact that it offers a new scholarly examination of Japan-US relations in the twentieth century leading to the outbreak of the Pacific War, the greater strength of the study is to be found in the author's in-depth analysis of the technical and linguistic problems of coding and decoding Japanese diplomatic traffic, showing how mistakes of decoding by
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keiichiro Komatsu
ISBN: 0312173857 9780312173852 1873410662 9781873410660
OCLC Number: 38856033
Description: xx, 484 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. The Historical Legacy. Ch. 1. Historical Background to US-Japan Relations. Ch. 2. The Russo-Japanese War and the Open Door. Ch. 3. The First World War and its Aftermath. Ch. 4. Disarmament and the Manchurian Incident. Ch. 5. The China Incident --
pt. II. Turning Points in the Negotiations I. Ch. 6. Policy-Making and Decision-Making: Japan and the United States. Ch. 7. The Draft Understanding Proposal: November 1940-October 1941 --
pt. III. 'Magic' as a Cause of US-Japan Misunderstanding. Ch. 8. Technical Problems of Coding and Decoding. Ch. 9. Linguistic Factors and Problems of Translation --
pt. IV. Turning Points in the Negotiations II. Ch. 10. Proposal B and the Hull Note: October 1941-December 1941.
Responsibility: Keiichiro Komatsu.
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"Apart from the book's inherent critical value deriving from the fact that it offers a new scholarly examination of Japan-US relations in the twentieth century leading to the outbreak of the Pacific War, the greater strength of the study is to be found in the author's in-depth analysis of the technical and linguistic problems of coding and decoding Japanese diplomatic traffic, showing how mistakes of decoding by Magic (the US decoding system), and mistranslation, produced significant elements of misunderstanding, followed by mistrust and deep suspicion, thereby suggesting that war could have been averted."--Jacket.

"Increasingly, in today's world, this study underlines the now widely accepted importance of recognising and addressing the phenomenon of misperception and misinterpretation in the context of international relations."--Jacket.

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