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In Post-war Japan as a Sea Power, Alessio Patalano incorporates new, exclusive source material to develop an innovative approach to the study of post-war Japan as a military power. This archival-based history of Asia's most advanced navy, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF), looks beyond the traditional perspective of viewing the modern Japanese military in light of the country's alliance with the US. The book places the institution in a historical context, analysing its imperial legacy and the role of Japan's shattering defeat in WWII in the post-war emergence of Japan as East Asia's 'sea power'.
About the Author
Alessio Patalano is Lecturer in East Asian Warfare and Security at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, UK.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Japanese Sea Power: From Kaigun to Kaiji
Chapter 1: Traditions and Ethos: The Emperor's Navy
Chapter 2: History and Memory: Creating the Imperial Legacy
Chapter 3: Legacy and Experience: Shaping the New Navy
Chapter 4: Ethos and Propaganda: A Century-old Navy with New Men and Capabilities
Chapter 5: Strategy and Policy: The "Sea Power" of the Pacific
Chapter 6: Doctrine and Fleet: A Balanced Force
Conclusions: The Recent Past and the Near Future