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Imperial Japan's World War Two : 1931-1945.

By: Gruhl, Werner.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: eBooks on Demand.Asian Studies: Publisher: Somerset : Taylor and Francis, 2014Copyright date: ©2006Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 online resource (265 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781412809269.Subject(s): Electronic books. -- local | Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1931-1933 | Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 -- Atrocities | Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Asia | World War, 1939-1945 -- JapanGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Imperial Japan's World War Two : 1931-1945DDC classification: 940.5352 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Table of Contents -- Introduction -- Acknowledgements -- 1. Remembrance: The Matter of Representation in World War II Historiography -- 2. War Victims and Statistics -- 3. War and Peace and Imperial Japan -- 4. The Stage for Tragedy: From Manchuria to China to Indochina: 1931 to 1941 -- 5. The Expanded Stage for Tragedy: Pearl Harbor, Southeast Asia, China, and the Pacific to Hiroshima, 1941-1945 -- 6. Violent Death in China -- 7. Violent Death in Southeast Asia and the Indian and Pacific Islands -- 8. Forced Laborers, Refugees, Privation Victims and the Plight of Others -- 9. The Raped, Tortured, Prisoners, and the Horrific Total -- 10. Devastation -- 11. China's Plight and Contribution to Allied Victory -- 12. Responsibility for War and War Crimes -- 13. The Bombs of August: Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Perspective -- 14. Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index -- Maps -- 1. World Map of Axis Conquests -- 2. China Map with Major Battles and Events, 1931-1941 -- 3. Asian-Pacific Theater Map and Events, 1931-1945 -- 4. China Map with Major Battles and Events, 1942-1945 -- Tables and Figures -- Table 2.1 Comparison of Casualty Estimates -- Table 2.2 Comparison of Casualty Estimates-Continued -- Figure 5.1 Measuring Axis Aggression, and World War II Cost in Lives -- Figure 5.2 Military and Civilian Deaths, and Military Forces -- Table 6.1 Chinese Death Toll, 1931-1945 -- Table 8.1 Understanding Famine and Disease Deaths -- Table 9.1 Allied Asian-Pacific War Deaths by Cause, and by State -- Table 9.2 Allied Asian-Pacific War Severely Affected Casualties -- Figure 10.1 Cities, Villages, and Populations Sacrificed to the War -- Figure 11.1 Cost of Battles in Defense of China, and Chinese Resolute Actions or Victoriesagainst the Japanese -- Table 12. 1 Lives Taken in Previous Wars and Colonization.
Figure 13.1 "The whole goddamn war was a horrible thing," and Lives Spared by the A-Bomb -- Figure 13.2 Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Perspective -- Figure 14.1 War Crimes Trials.
Summary: Werner Gruhl's narrative makes it clear why Japan's aggression during World War II still produces deep emotions with East Asians and Western ex-prisoners of war, and why there is justifiable sensitivity to the way modern Japan has dealt with this legacy. Their 1931 to 1945 invasions and policies further added to Asia's pre-war woes, particularly in China, by badly disrupting marginal economies, leading to famine and epidemic. Gruhl offers a survey and synthesis of the historical literature and documentation, and statistical data, as well as personal interviews and first-hand accounts to provide a comprehensive overview and analysis.
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Cover -- Table of Contents -- Introduction -- Acknowledgements -- 1. Remembrance: The Matter of Representation in World War II Historiography -- 2. War Victims and Statistics -- 3. War and Peace and Imperial Japan -- 4. The Stage for Tragedy: From Manchuria to China to Indochina: 1931 to 1941 -- 5. The Expanded Stage for Tragedy: Pearl Harbor, Southeast Asia, China, and the Pacific to Hiroshima, 1941-1945 -- 6. Violent Death in China -- 7. Violent Death in Southeast Asia and the Indian and Pacific Islands -- 8. Forced Laborers, Refugees, Privation Victims and the Plight of Others -- 9. The Raped, Tortured, Prisoners, and the Horrific Total -- 10. Devastation -- 11. China's Plight and Contribution to Allied Victory -- 12. Responsibility for War and War Crimes -- 13. The Bombs of August: Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Perspective -- 14. Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index -- Maps -- 1. World Map of Axis Conquests -- 2. China Map with Major Battles and Events, 1931-1941 -- 3. Asian-Pacific Theater Map and Events, 1931-1945 -- 4. China Map with Major Battles and Events, 1942-1945 -- Tables and Figures -- Table 2.1 Comparison of Casualty Estimates -- Table 2.2 Comparison of Casualty Estimates-Continued -- Figure 5.1 Measuring Axis Aggression, and World War II Cost in Lives -- Figure 5.2 Military and Civilian Deaths, and Military Forces -- Table 6.1 Chinese Death Toll, 1931-1945 -- Table 8.1 Understanding Famine and Disease Deaths -- Table 9.1 Allied Asian-Pacific War Deaths by Cause, and by State -- Table 9.2 Allied Asian-Pacific War Severely Affected Casualties -- Figure 10.1 Cities, Villages, and Populations Sacrificed to the War -- Figure 11.1 Cost of Battles in Defense of China, and Chinese Resolute Actions or Victoriesagainst the Japanese -- Table 12. 1 Lives Taken in Previous Wars and Colonization.

Figure 13.1 "The whole goddamn war was a horrible thing," and Lives Spared by the A-Bomb -- Figure 13.2 Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Perspective -- Figure 14.1 War Crimes Trials.

Werner Gruhl's narrative makes it clear why Japan's aggression during World War II still produces deep emotions with East Asians and Western ex-prisoners of war, and why there is justifiable sensitivity to the way modern Japan has dealt with this legacy. Their 1931 to 1945 invasions and policies further added to Asia's pre-war woes, particularly in China, by badly disrupting marginal economies, leading to famine and epidemic. Gruhl offers a survey and synthesis of the historical literature and documentation, and statistical data, as well as personal interviews and first-hand accounts to provide a comprehensive overview and analysis.

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Gruhl's new book was prompted, he says, by the realization that the brutality that took place in the WW II Pacific Theater has been overlooked or discounted. His goal is to present a comprehensive statistical analysis demonstrating the extent of havoc caused by Japan's expansionist zeal between 1931 and 1945. The text bristles with data about death, dismemberment, and dislocation in every region in which Japanese forces were active. This summary data is expressed more comprehensively still in an accompanying Web site . The sum of the material is intended to demonstrate that a largely unacknowledged holocaust occurred in Asia as well as in Europe during the WW II years. Without disputing the proposition that the Pacific region was the site of astonishing carnage, it would be reasonable to question the author's many estimates/guesses about various undocumented losses, and his dubious calculations concerning such categories as "severely affected" war orphans, refugees, and the like. The more solidly grounded and convincing data are all drawn from well-known English-language sources. Clearly, notwithstanding Gruhl's claims, this material has not been overlooked and obviously is not unknown. As a result, this new book seems to be mostly an attempt to sensationalize a widely acknowledged story. Summing Up: Optional. Graduate students/faculty. W. D. Kinzley University of South Carolina

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