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"Imperial Japan's World War Two is a full and unique statement of Japanese war crimes during fourteen years of conflict. No other single publication includes such a complete listing of atrocities (and, even then, Gruhl has missed a few), nor anything near the author's compelling statistical analysis of those appalling war crimes. His compilation of human suffering goes beyond any other single source in its gruesome totality. And his succinct refutation of revisionist views on relative guilt and on means of ending the great Pacific/Asiatic conflict is a fitting conclusion to his impressive cataloging of Japan's atrocious behavior." --Stanley L. Falk, Journal of Military History "[T]his is a very strong collection of essays on the many different ways in which space and time are 'reconstructed' through mobile phone use. Reconstruction is not the first book to examine these issues, but it is nonetheless significant for the additional depth, detail and insight it brings to present understandings of the spatial and temporal dimensions and impacts of mobile phone use. . . . The breadth and depth of the research methods on display here are truly impressive, and this collection will form a rich and invaluable toolbox of ideas for future mobile and ICT researchers and students." --Rowan Wilken, Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy


The full extent and brutality of imperial Japan's actions before and during the Second World War has not had the same cultural and political resonances as those of Nazi Germany, nor are they as well remembered. Werner Gruhl's objective is to present a fresh overview of the Asian-Pacific War and its victims, drawing particular attention to the neglected history of Japan's invasion of China and Southeast Asia. Gruhl seeks to show that the war in Asia and the Pacific is as much about Shanghai, Nanking, and Manila as about Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Hiroshima. Gruhl's narrative makes clear why Japan's World War II aggression still touches 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. Knowledge of the enormity of Japan's total war is also necessary to assess the United States' and her allies' policies toward Japan, and their reactions to its actions, extending from Manchuria in 1931 to Hiroshima in 1945.

Gruhl takes the view that World War II started in 1931 when Japan, crowded and poor in raw materials but with a sense of military invincibility, saw empire as her salvation and invaded China. Japan's imperial regime had volatile ambitions but limited resources, thus encouraging them to unleash a particularly brutal offensive against the peoples of Asia and surrounding ocean islands. 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 famines and epidemics. Altogether, the victims of Japan's World War Two aggression took many forms and were massive in number. Gruhl offers a survey and synthesis of the historical literature and documentation, statistical data, as well as personal interviews and first-hand accounts to provide a comprehensive overview analysis. The sequence of diplomatic and military events leading to Pearl Harbor, as well as those leading to the U.S. decision to drop the atom bomb, are explored here as well as Japan's war crimes and postwar revisionist/apologist views regarding them.

This book will be of intense interest to Asian specialists, and those concerned with human rights issues in a historical context. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .


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Buy it! 8. April 2013
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Every time some do-good groups crying indignation about the destruction of Japanese cities by American bombing that ended the Pacific War, not a word was in print about Japan’s invasion of China and other regions where many more deaths resulted. When the Congress was called upon to apologize for the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW II, not a word was heard about Japan’s mass enslavement of the civilian populations in occupied countries. I don’t know whether to dismiss people as naive or consider them victims of revisionist propaganda.
The Smithsonian Institution’s plan a few year back to display the B-29 Enola Gay that carried A bombs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a case in point. Were the protesters aware that if Allied forces were to invade Japan’s main islands, casualties on both sides will be much higher, plus countless Japanese civilians will perish? What about Japanese troop’s unheard of cruelty and the war crimes that its government tries to purge from history books—the mass murders of civilians in occupied countries, forced suicides of Okinawa and other Pacific island villagers, the Rape of Nanking, human experiments for poison chemicals… ?
The peaceniks either were oblivious to historical facts, or they are a bunch of hypocrites!
Author Werner Gruhl lays out an exhaustive anthology of inhumanity in unadorned narrative and gruesome pictures that leave no question about the authenticity of the events. Gruhl, an economic analyst, seems obsessed with numbers -- deaths in every incidence described, campaign fought, theater of war, and each country Japan invaded, etc. He presents his own statistics and compares them with numbers from previous wars of at of previous wars and colonization. More relevant, he devotes a whole chapter on the responsibility for starting this war and the war crimes the Japanese committed. Although already fading in history, to most Americans, I believe, this still comes as a shocker.
We know the 26th US president Teddy Roosevelt had a soft spot in his heart for the Japanese people in general, and that he admired Japan’s behavior in the international arena at the beginning of the 20 th century. But he was not unaware of Japan’s expansionist ambitions and the potential threat it poses to America. But it is hard for me to say the current US president had a clear vision of where things stand, not to mention any hisrical perspectives the United States vis-à-vis Japan and China, judging by his misguided handling of N. Korea today and his well publicized pivot in Asia.
An America in alliance with Japan the defeated to contain rising China, the WW II victim cum eventual victor lest it becomes an aggressor and colonizer?
It begs the question: What have you been smoking!?

Now that Japan’s ultra right-wing politicians are preparing the country for a revived militaristic posture and culture, backed by a shortsighted US objective to use Japan to do the dirty work of keeping China under its thumb, while Japan is secretly working toward a return to the glory days of 1931- 1945.
That makes America Japan’s partner in crime!
Gruhl uses these words to describe what he sees as a Japan- US alliance generally perceived, which is an innocuous, Zen following, bonsai trimming, sushi rolling, Pacifist people”
“ [This] alliance discourages attention to Japan’s past…Americans have been unduly sympathetic to the Japanese, in American classrooms, the internment of Japanese Americans as well as the casualties and issue of the atomic bomb are required subjects. But Japan’s aggression in China and the rest of Asia and the consequent casualties are not. This limited perspective of the war has created a view among many, particularly of the post war generations, that the Japanese were the primary victims of the conflict and most deserving of our empathy.”
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Review of Imperial Japan's World War Two by Werner Gruhl 10. März 2010
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A comprehensive overview to help the serious student or scholar get his arms around the Pacific War of World War II. A good reference for reading specific accounts of battles to help place the action in the broader context. Gruhl's choice of dates beginning in 1931 to bracket his work will surprise many readers who think of the Pacific War beginning with the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. But I think that Gruhl has the correct framework from which to understand the war. This is a book that the serious student of military history will want on the shelf.
History of Imperial Japan's invasion 1931-1945 2. März 2013
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This is a well research and written and yet simple and comprehensive book on this subject with good portions on China, Japan and USA. It is a good primary history 101 for people interested in this Asia Pacific history period. Japanese invaders started the "three alls" campaign - kill all, loot all, burn all (p.36). Is it an echo worse than the Western Axis Power in genocide? On p.49, it documented Doolittle Tokyo Raid but did not mention about Japanese revenged on Chinese people who risked their lives in saving the American pilot teams by germ/chemical warfare with an estimated toll of a quarter million. He did elaborated more on p.79. Werner is heavy and impressive on his tables in numbers. On Chapter 11, he credited China's plight and contribution to Allied victory. Just imagine what if China surrendered and Japanese Imperial Army marched to Middle East to join force with Axis Powers of Nazi Germany. The next chapter points out the responsibility for war and war crimes. Chapter 13 evaluated the Atomic Bombs on Japan in perspective. This chapter is worth reading. On Conclusion chapter p.218, it said that The Allies did require Japan to give up all WW II conquests, as well as the colonies of Korea, Taiwan, Sakhalin, and the Kurils, which had been annexed or taken in previous wars. There still strong disputes between China and Japan till today over the ownership of Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands since 1971 when US turned over the administrative power to Japan with neutral stand on the ownership. The writer, however did not talk about the Japanese military yen in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. This yen note was not backed by gold. After their unconditional surrender, Japan declared all military yen became void. Overnight, this imperial yen literally became useless and worthless to all the poor holders. This Japanese Invasion Money can still be purchased cheaply by collectors as a forgotten reminder of this shameful historic deception. On p.239, he made reference to Lou Reda production, Japanese War Crimes and Trials: Murder Under the Sun. He may want to add Lou made another one titled History Undercover: The Rape of Nanking in 1999 program shown on History Channel.

This is a good source for readers to review and understand who broke the peace, staged aggressive war and committed crimes against humanity. It is interesting to read the Emperor's message of unconditional surrender on page 228. Japan has a moral obligation to pay reparations to individual victims of its war (Werner's statement on page 224). Why in February 2013 the Japanese PM Abe came to Washington and cried wolf? He even tried to change the apology to Military Sex Slaves (Comfort Women) in statement of 1995. This book reminds the history and helps in evaluating the future.

Prisoners of the Japanese : POWs of World War II in the Pacific,The Bridge on the River Kwai [Blu-ray,]Murder Under the Sun, Japanese War Crimes & Trials,China Mailbag Uncensored: Letters from an American GI in World War II China and IndiaHistory - Special : Rape Of Nanking : Host: Arthur Kent
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