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Warriors of the Rising Sun: A History of the Japanese Militaryby Robert B. Edgerton
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Throughout the Pacific theater of World War II, Allied prisoners were often starved, tortured, beheaded, even cannibalized by Japanese soldiers. Yet, during the Boxer Rebellion in China and the savage Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5, the Western press lauded the Japanese for their kindness to the enemy wounded and imprisoned. "Warriors of the Rising Sun" chronicles the Japanese military's transformation from honorable "knights of Bushido" into men of historic cruelty. Photos.
"This is a compelling, well-told story that gives us extraordinary insights into why Japanese and Chinese see each other as they do, how Americans and Russians became involved in the barbarism of Asian conflicts, and why this will be remembered as the century of total and incredibly brutal war." --Walter LaFeber, author of
Chronicles the Japanese military's transformation from honorable soldiers known for their chivalry and kindness towards their wounded and imprisoned enemies into men who massacred hundreds of thousands in the Pacific theater during World War II.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 354-367) and index.
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