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- DescriptionThis describes the origins, the methods and the result of imperial Japan's occupation of Southeast Asia during World War II. Japanese policy makers had recognized that the region's European colonial regimes would t last for ever, but they had t envisaged a military conquest. While Japan launched stunningly successful military operations - such as the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Singapore - it found devising occupation policies that were suitable to the diverse regions under its sway after 1941 much harder. To a large extent Japan's policies were improvised, often being based on models derived from the experiences of Manchuria or the homeland itself. For some Japanese the invasion was a work of liberation , and those who tried to extricate Japan from the war as defeat loomed emphasized this rationale. Eventually, however, the people of the region liberated themselves, taking advantage of the interregnum between Japanese military defeat and the imposition of alternative Allied administrations. Any sense of obligation to the Japanese was reduced by the violence of their soldiery and the inadequacy of their administration.
- Author BiographyNicholas Tarling, formerly Professor of History at the University of Auckland, is the author of, inter alia, Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Pacific War (CUP, 1996) and Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Cold War (CUP, 1998). He also edited the Cambridge History of Southeast Asia.
- Author(s)Nicholas Tarling
- PublisherC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication27/07/2001
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Content Notemap
- Weight360 g
- Height230 mm
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