Iriye, Akira.

Pearl Harbor and the coming of the Pacific War : a brief history with documents and essays / Akira Iriye. - Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, c1999. - xii, 258 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm. - The Bedford series in history and culture . - Bedford series in history and culture. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-247) and index.

Introduction : "The day of infamy" -- The war in Europe -- The war in Asia -- The American dilemma -- Toward Pearl Harbor -- The documents. Washington discussions on China and the Tripartite (Axis) Pact -- Discussing plan B -- Discarding the modus vivendi -- The Hull note -- Japan's view of the Hull note -- Japan's December 7 note -- Introduction : Pearl Harbor in global context -- China -- The Soviet Union -- Great Britain -- The British commonwealth -- The Dutch East Indies -- The Philippines -- French Indochina -- Germany -- The essays. Japan's decision to "Go South" / Sumio Hatano and Sadao Asada -- The petroleum question / Minoru Nomura -- Ambassador Joseph C. Grew and the U.S.-Japanese crisis / Waldo H. Heinrichs -- Pearl Harbor as an intelligence failure / David Kahn -- The Chinese-Japanese War / Katsumi Usui -- China and U.S.-Japanese relations / Wang Xi -- The British perspective / Anthony Best -- The Indonesian perspective / Ken'ichi Goto -- The German perspective / Bernd Martin -- The Soviet perspective / Alexei M. Filitov.

"Assembling more than thirty primary documents - including proposals, memoranda, decrypted messages, and imperial conference reports - Iriye presents diplomatic exchanges from both American and Japanese perspectives to determine how and why the United States and Japan went to war in 1941. A detailed introduction provides background on Japanese aggression in China and Southeast Asia during the 1930s and economic unrest and isolationism in the United States. Readings add an interpretive dimension, placing Pearl Harbor in global context with essays from American, Japanese, Chinese, Soviet, German, British, and Indonesian perspectives that explain how various countries applied pressure, offered assistance, exacerbated rifts, and significantly affected negotiations and Japan's ultimate decision for war."--Book jacket.

0312218184 9780312218188 0312147880 (pbk.) 9780312147884 (pbk.)


Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941--Sources.
World War, 1939-1945--Pacific Area.
World War, 1939-1945--Causes.
World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.

Japan--Foreign relations--1912-1945.

D742.J3 / I76 1999