Stars and Stripes across the Pacific: The United States, Japan, and Asia/Pacific Region, 1895-1945

Stars and Stripes across the Pacific: The United States, Japan, and Asia/Pacific Region, 1895-1945

Stars and Stripes across the Pacific: The United States, Japan, and Asia/Pacific Region, 1895-1945

Stars and Stripes across the Pacific: The United States, Japan, and Asia/Pacific Region, 1895-1945

Synopsis

In the late 19th century, the United States began a period of increased engagement in the Western Pacific--a situation that continues to this day. Nimmo provides a study of U.S. diplomatic, economic, and military relations with the nations of East Asia and the Pacific from the late 1800s to 1945. In addition to interaction with China, Korea, and Japan, the book includes U.S. involvement in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Philippines. This one-volume treatment, ranging from the Spanish American War to the Second World War, examines the continuity in U.S. policy during this crucial period. Particular attention is devoted to the U.S. response to Japan's territorial aggression during this period, primarily its undeclared wars against China, in Manchuria in 1931, and in North and Central China from 1937 to 1945.

Excerpt

This book is intended to introduce the general reader to a survey of U.S. involvement with the East Asia and Pacific region in the period from 1894 to 1945, the half-century leading up to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and concluding with Japan’s surrender in 1945. An effort has been made to describe the general character of the U.S. position concerning what in the past was called the Far East and the ways in which the nations of East Asia and the western Pacific have responded.

The transformation that took place during the twentieth century in Western attitudes toward Asia is reflected in the vastly changed attitudes of the United States and European powers. Japan’s position also has undergone enormous change. After the opening of Japan to the West by Commodore Matthew C. Perry and his successors in the middle of the nineteenth century, Japan attempted to surpass even the Western powers in its establishment of territorial acquisition and hegemony over a vast area of East Asia. With the discrediting of its military expansionists by the atomic bombings of 1945 and unconditional surrender, Japan seems to have been vaccinated against its former feudalistic military spirit. In the 1990s, public sentiment in Japan even opposed the dispatch of a Self-defense Force Engineer Battalion to assist in road and bridge construction in war-torn Cambodia, on the basis that dispatch of a quasi-military unit to another Asian country might be misinterpreted as a rebirth of Japanese militarism.

This book provides a historical trail of the diplomatic, economic, and military actions of the United States in East Asia and the Pacific from the first Sino-Japanese War to World War II. It examines revisionist claims that the United

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