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World War II from the Japanese Perspective

  • November 17, 2021
  • December 15, 2021
  • 4 sessions
  • November 17, 2021, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EST)
  • December 01, 2021, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EST)
  • December 08, 2021, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EST)
  • December 15, 2021, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EST)
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World War II from the Japanese Perspective

• Margery Howard
• Wednesday
• 11/17/21, 12/1/21, 12/8/21, 12/15/21
• 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
• $15.00

This course is based primarily on lectures by Stanford Professor Mark Ravina from his course: Understanding Japan: A Cultural History from The Great Courses. On the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, it is important to understand how the attack came about. The course follows the militarism of the Samurai, which emerged a thousand years ago, to the point in early 1900s when the Japanese military totally dominated the civilian government. A series of wrong assumptions by the Japanese military leaders led to what Professor Ravina calls "War without a Master Plan, 1931-1945." In the summer of 1941 an Assistant Treasury Secretary froze its assets preventing Japan from buying the oil it needed, undermined the efforts of President Roosevelt to prevent war with Japan. This beuracratic mistake triggered the chain of events that culminated in the December 7 attack. 

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