The Axis Alliance and Japanese-American Relations, 1941

The Axis Alliance and Japanese-American Relations, 1941

The Axis Alliance and Japanese-American Relations, 1941

The Axis Alliance and Japanese-American Relations, 1941

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This book is not an attempt to redo the research and writing of such scholars as Herbert Feis, William L. Langer and S. Everett Gleason, and F. C. Jones on the origins of the war in the Pacific. I am in fact deeply indebted to their work. It is rather an attempt to concentrate particularly on one aspect of the Japanese-American negotiations preceding the outbreak of the war -- the role played by the Tripartite Alliance between Germany, Japan, and Italy -- and, by delineating this, to point to an interpretation of the course of the negotiations somewhat different from the one currently prevailing. It is, therefore, more a work of analysis and interpretation than of narrative.

I have believed it important to show the Tripartite Pact in a broad light, as part of the general diplomatic and political developments of the times. For this reason, it is considered first as it figures in the story of Japanese-American relations; then as it fits into the history of Japanese-German relations from 1936 to 1941; and finally as the Pact was seen by the outside world, especially by the American leaders and public. Since public opinion on the Pact and on Japan in general proved so important in the formulation and development of American policy, I have included a discussion of American public opinion in my interpretation and appraisal of that policy.

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