The Pacific War and Contingent Victory: Why Japanese Defeat by Michael Myers

By Michael Myers

In regards to the Allies' victory within the Pacific in WWII, it is going nearly with out query that Japan's defeat was once inevitable within the face of overwhelming American army may perhaps and monetary strength. however the consequence, Michael W. Myers contends, used to be really something yet inevitable. This ebook is Myers's thorough and deeply expert clarification of ways contingent the "foregone end" of the conflict within the Pacific quite was once.

However disproportionate their respective assets, either Japan and the Allied forces faced major stumbling blocks to final victory. One the 2 aspects shared, Myers indicates, was once the inability of a unmarried person with the information, imaginative and prescient, and authority to formulate and enforce powerful process. either exercised management through committee, and Myers cogently explains how this contributed to the contingent nature of the clash. A extraordinary workout in logical equipment of strategic considering, his ebook analyzes decisive campaigns within the Pacific struggle, analyzing the commercial and strategic demanding situations that either side confronted and needed to triumph over to accomplish victory. Japan, for example, had targets going into the conflict: to extend the bounds of what they termed the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" and to finish their lengthy and troublesome struggle in China. those pursuits, as Myers exhibits us, had unexpected and devastating logistical and strategic results. however the usa confronted comparable problems—as good as different hurdles particular to a state no longer but on complete conflict footing.

Overturning traditional historiography, The Pacific struggle and Contingent Victory clarifies the right kind dating among freedom and determinism in ancient considering. A compelling retelling of the Pacific warfare that will simply were, the e-book deals historic classes in considering modern American international coverage and American exceptionalism—most saliently in regards to the risks of the presumption of yankee ascendancy.

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The Pacific War and Contingent Victory: Why Japanese Defeat Was Not Inevitable

Concerning the Allies' victory within the Pacific in WWII, it is going nearly with out query that Japan's defeat was once inevitable within the face of overwhelming American army may well and fiscal strength. however the final result, Michael W. Myers contends, was once truly something yet inevitable. This ebook is Myers's thorough and deeply knowledgeable rationalization of ways contingent the "foregone end" of the battle within the Pacific quite was once.

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Negotiations would then be conducted to conclude the war against the Western Powers. Finally, the Western Powers would no longer be able to support China, and might even be able to prevail on a recalcitrant China to end the war there on terms favorable to Japan. The possibility that such a plan might have succeeded implies that the Japanese defeats at Coral Sea and at Midway were not simply milestones; they changed the path that the war would take. The FS Operation was postponed and later canceled; the overland operation to take Port Moresby via the Kokoda Trail was commenced.

First, one must show that an invasion of Oahu was feasible within the constraints of Japanese military power in December 1941. Second, one must prove that the scenario was possible in the context of the thinking of the Japanese military and political leadership. Finally, one must provide evidence that American public and political opinion were more malleable than are usually granted. It is often held that the Hawaiian Islands were simply too far away from Japan for the Japanese to invade successfully and then hold.

However, Japan’s best chance for victory was to be found in a more comprehensive offensive strategy. An offensive strategy seems to have been suggested by Yamamoto and is reflected by every one of the operations he undertook. One reason the strategy did not succeed is that Yamamoto did not have the power of overall strategic direction needed to implement it, and his death in April 1943 meant that even his partial contribution to Japanese strategy was cut short. Evidence for Yamamoto’s offensive plan may be found in the various compromises that form the historical picture of the war as it unfolded.

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