Sub-titled, A Study of Japanese Nationalism, this is pointed specifically at the extremes to which Japanese nationalism went...

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Sub-titled, A Study of Japanese Nationalism, this is pointed specifically at the extremes to which Japanese nationalism went between the two world wars. The text concentrates on the political and- let us say, for want of a better word- social implications, and concerns itself too little with the economic aspects. For the nationalist movements in Japan centered around an incredible number of organizations, large and small, which embraced not only the politically-minded but even the rural and urban populations. Storry writes objectively; one cannot pinpoint his observations as either British, which apparently he is, or American. Rather is this an exhaustive closeup, viewing the frenzied proliferation of the nationalist groups, their close tie-in with the army, which gradually took over the power, emasculating the moderates in diplomacy and government, accumulating an increasingly fascistic tinge, using terrorist groups where they served their purpose (of violent elimination of those who might interfere). Successive ""incidents "" were created to launch war, first against the Chinese in Manchuria and later in Shanghai; and to antagonize the British and the Americans. The Emperor, fearful of army controls, was powerless; his pacifism was brushed aside, his cabinets rose and fell, his democratic ideals were brushed aside, but his person was held inviolate, though nationalism reached into the very palace itself. The study goes to the formation of the Tripartite Pact, the envisionment of the Co-Prosperity Sphere -- and to Pearl Harbor....Mr. Storry has drawn on Prince Saionji's material substantially for his documentation. A book for students.

Pub Date: Feb. 20, 1958

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1958