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The Pacific War and contingent victory : why Japanese defeat was not inevitable, Michael W. Myers

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The Pacific War and contingent victory : why Japanese defeat was not inevitable
Title
The Pacific War and contingent victory
Title remainder
why Japanese defeat was not inevitable
Statement of responsibility
Michael W. Myers
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Language
eng
Summary
About the Allies' victory in the Pacific in WWII, it goes almost without question that Japan's defeat was inevitable in the face of overwhelming American military might and economic power. But the outcome, Michael W. Myers contends, was actually anything but inevitable. This book is Myers's thorough and deeply informed explanation of how contingent the "foregone conclusion" of the war in the Pacific really was. However disproportionate their respective resources, both Japan and the Allied forces confronted significant obstacles to ultimate victory. One the two sides shared, Myers shows, was the lack of a single individual with the knowledge, vision, and authority to formulate and implement effective strategy. Both exercised leadership by committee, and Myers cogently explains how this contributed to the contingent nature of the conflict. A remarkable exercise in logical methods of strategic thinking, his book analyzes decisive campaigns in the Pacific War, examining the economic and strategic challenges that both sides faced and had to overcome to achieve victory. Japan, for instance, had two goals going into the war: to expand the boundaries of what they termed the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" and to end their long and frustrating war in China. These goals, as Myers shows us, had unforeseen and devastating logistical and strategic consequences. But the United States faced similar problems{u2014}as well as other hurdles specific to a nation not yet on full war footing. Overturning conventional historiography, The Pacific War and Contingent Victory clarifies the proper relationship between freedom and determinism in historical thinking. A compelling retelling of the Pacific war that might easily have been, the book offers historical lessons in thinking about contemporary American foreign policy and American exceptionalism{u2014}most saliently about the dangers of the presumption of American ascendancy. --Provided by publisher
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1951-
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Myers, Michael W.
Dewey number
940.54/26
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
D767
LC item number
.M94 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modern war studies
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Imaginary histories
  • Counterfactuals (Logic)
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • Counterfactuals (Logic)
  • Imaginary histories
  • Military campaigns
  • Pacific Area
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The Pacific War and contingent victory : why Japanese defeat was not inevitable, Michael W. Myers
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Discerning Japan's strategic possibilities -- Strategy and contingency in state two operations -- Contingencies in prosecuting the war -- Allied strategic and economic challenges -- Evolving strategy for a two-ocean war -- An accomplishment, not a given -- Rethinking Japan's defeat -- Appendix I: Japanese operation names and allied code names -- Appendix II: Japan's merchant shipping -- Appendix III: Chronology of the war in Asia and the Pacific
Control code
895730698
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 198 pages
Isbn
9780700620876
Lccn
2014045938
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)895730698
Label
The Pacific War and contingent victory : why Japanese defeat was not inevitable, Michael W. Myers
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Discerning Japan's strategic possibilities -- Strategy and contingency in state two operations -- Contingencies in prosecuting the war -- Allied strategic and economic challenges -- Evolving strategy for a two-ocean war -- An accomplishment, not a given -- Rethinking Japan's defeat -- Appendix I: Japanese operation names and allied code names -- Appendix II: Japan's merchant shipping -- Appendix III: Chronology of the war in Asia and the Pacific
Control code
895730698
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 198 pages
Isbn
9780700620876
Lccn
2014045938
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)895730698

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