Japanese Militarism: Its Cause and Cure

Japanese Militarism: Its Cause and Cure

Japanese Militarism: Its Cause and Cure

Japanese Militarism: Its Cause and Cure

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Our war against Japan has been long and costly in both men and treasure. Yet we still have not revealed clearly that we know what we are fighting for. We have fought to avenge Pearl Harbor and the victims of the infamous "March of Death" in the Philippines, to kill "the little yellow monkeymen" and, occasionally and in a vague sort of way, "to rid the world of Japanese militarism."

The lack of a clearly defined set of war aims against Japan has certainly not impaired the fighting efficiency of the armies and the naval and air forces that have been piling defeat after defeat on the Japanese enemy. But as the final defeat of Japan comes nearer and the problems of the peace loom larger, we must have a clearer conception of the nature of the ideas that we are fighting in our war against Japan. This book has been written in the hope of bringing into clearer focus the aims of the ideological war. We shall not have won the war until the peace has been firmly established, and it can be so established only after the crushing of the ideas on which Japanese militarism and aggression are based.

It would be impossible to list here the names of all who have helped me, directly or indirectly, to formulate my thinking about Japan. I am greatly in debt to my classes at the University of Washington, whose interest -- and, at times, lack of interest -- forced me to do much of the research and the thinking on which the book is based. George E. Taylor, the head of my department at the University, and Harold M. Vinacke of . . .

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