Lenaga's Arguments in "The Pacific War"
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This paper presents several of the key arguments made in Saburo Lenaga's book "The Pacific War". The paper explains that Lenaga argues that Japan's role in the Second World War emerged naturally from conflict with China, and that the Germans were not the sole villains within World War II.
From the Paper:"Ienaga opens The Pacific War in clearly defining the situation that Japan found itself in with China, where Japan's unprovoked aggression helped create a united front against Japan and that: "[...] the attack made Japan more isolated and desperate and ultimately led to war with America and England." (3) Ienaga suggests that a large part of the reason that Japan's aggression against China was frowned upon can be found in the Western perception of Japan as "uncivilized", where the traditional Japanese lifestyle was not seen as one that represented modernization. The result was that Japan was forced into the role of an uneducated outsider - though the converse was true - and that the country found itself trapped in an increasingly globalized world and forced to confront China in an aggressive manner. The result of this situation was one of conflict, where Japan viewed that war against the West was both the best means of establishing dominance and also to refuel its limited natural resource coffers for future conflict with China.
"Of the two arguments to be examined in this paper, Ienaga's theory that war with China as promoting the Second World War is the one best substantiated by factual data. Ienaga is able to clearly draw upon a series of sources as a means of documenting his arguments, going all the way back to the colonial period of Asia attempted by the United States and Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Ienaga also is able to validate his claim that the traditional philosophies of Japan helped to shape the country's political and military policy with the rest of the world, noting that "The traditional [Japanese] value system, which conceived of other people as enemies or objects of plunder, now governed our relations with other countries.""
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Lenaga's Arguments in "The Pacific War" (2003, October 17) Retrieved February 28, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/lenaga-arguments-in-the-pacific-war-41065/
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