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PATTERN FOR CONQUEST

BY THE time I got back to Manchuria, aggression was getting into its stride. The army was on the march, and Japan's long-planned campaign for the domination of all of East Asia was well under way.

Except for one very important military defeat at Taierchuang in China in 1938, and several important reverses around Changsha following that, Japan was to continue victoriously on the march until April of 1942 -- a period of ten years and six months more. In April, 1942, Bataan capitulated, Burma was effectively conquered, and the southward expansion had spent itself on the island of Timor, only a few hundred miles from Australia, and on nearby New Guinea.

On the night of the "Mukden Incident" the population of the Japanese Empire, which then consisted of Japan proper, Korea, Formosa, and hundreds of Pacific islands, was about 100,000,000. By April of 1942 Japan would be ruling 405,-- 000,000 human beings, one fifth the population of the globe, and the white man, except only for the Russians in Siberia, would have been successfully chased out of all of Asia lying east of the eastern borders of India.

In a military sense it has, indeed, been a "glorious conquest." Nothing like it has been achieved in a like period of time since the days of Genghis Khan. The memory of this titanic exploit will be cherished in Japan for generations, and those who imagine that mere defeat will chasten the Japanese and turn

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Book I. China Awakes 3
  • Book I. China Awakes 3
  • II - Imperialist Outpost 10
  • III - Chungking's Origins 16
  • IV - Summer of Discontent 35
  • V - Peking, Old Style 43
  • VI - A Plum Lands in My Lap 55
  • VII - Martial Interlude 66
  • VIII - Off to the Wars 73
  • IX - The Life That Was 89
  • X - Officially an Outcast 102
  • XI - A Truce and a Perfidy 120
  • XII - Intolerance and Deception 138
  • Book Ii. Japan Marches 147
  • Book Ii. Japan Marches 147
  • II - Pattern for Conquest 161
  • III - Dirty Yen and Itching Palms 174
  • IV - Thirty-Five Thousand Die 186
  • V - The Years Between 194
  • VI - Trying Conspiracy First 212
  • VII - Summer, 1936 217
  • VIII - Betrayal and Triumph 226
  • IX - Trouble with Moscow 236
  • X - Chiang Kai-Shek Listened 242
  • XI - Terror and Death 257
  • XII - Japan's Worst "Bad Boy" 268
  • XIII - The Heavy Hand of Power 286
  • XIV - Ominous Interlude 294
  • Book Iii. the World at War 301
  • Book Iii. the World at War 301
  • II - Faint Hope for Peace 311
  • III - Another Feeler 320
  • IV - The Nipps Get Nasty 324
  • V - Confusion in High Places 332
  • VI - Terrorism 336
  • VII - Plot and Counterplot 348
  • VIII - Disillusion and Dismay 354
  • IX - China for the Chinese 363
  • X - Europe Will Be Easy, by Comparison 375
  • Epilogue 383
  • Index 391
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