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A Brief History of Pearl Harbor and the Coming of the Pacific War by Akira Iriye

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Akira has included some very important and primitive records of the political negotiations in form of proposals, memoranda, the transcripts of the Japanese imperial conferences and different other diplomatic conferences. This part of the book also contains some drafts showing that there were some possibilities of different compromises between the involved parties however, due to some reasons these draft failed to become the formal agreements. There is an important document included in the book that is the declaration of the war that was supposed to be officially sent by Japan to authorities of United States, however, Japan didn’ t transmitted this draft to US.

All of these documents are significant attempt of Akira to invite the readers to review the important official documents and interpret them gain understanding of the situation prevailing at that time. These documents also illustrate several possibilities that hindered the compromise between US and Japan and eventually lead towards the Pacific War. The second part of the book consists of ten different essays and research papers that were developed by some of the prominent scholars and world affairs experts.

These articles demonstrate the perceptions and opinions of these experts and scholars regarding the background causes of Pacific war. This part also contains an essay written by Akira himself in which he attempted to examine the role of different countries in the context of Pacific war. Akira explains how different powers like UK, Commonwealth, Germany and USSR etc foster the political negotiation process and made their historical contributions towards the development of Pacific war background by applying pressure or facilitating the negotiation process. Furthermore, the author describes the perspective of US and Japan regarding the outbreak of Pacific War.

The other essays focus on different countries and explain their standpoint regarding the war. For instance, Minoru Nomura and Katsumi Usui discussed the entire situation from the Japanese perspective. The article of David Kahn, a US historian, on the other hand, discusses some of the failures of the American military during the Pacific war.

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