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The Final Confrontation: Japan’s Negotiations with the United States, 1941

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VOL. 5 OF JAPAN’S ROAD TO THE PACIFIC WAR

EDITED BY JAMES WILLIAM MORLEY
TRANSLATED BY DAVID A. TITUS
STUDIES OF THE EAST ASIAN INSTITUTE
NEW YORK: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1994
XXXVIII, + 437 PAGES

When I ask my students why Japan and the United States went to war in 1941, the answer I sometimes get is “because Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.” This is not a satisfactory answer, of course, and one of my tasks is to show why the war began. My own understanding of this problem has been enriched by a critical reading of Japan’s Road to the Pacific War, a series of translated selections, edited by James Morley, from a multi-volume study produced by the Japan Association on International Relations in the early 1960s. The Final Confrontation: Japan’s Negotiations with the United States, 1941 is the fifth and final volume of Japan’s Road to the Pacific War. The late Tsunoda Jun wrote the chapters for this volume. David A. Titus, the translator, provides an excellent thirty-page critical introduction

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