Tojo and the Coming of the War

Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1969. Reprint. Trade paperback. Format is approximately 5.5 inches and 8.5 inches. [8], 584 pages. Decorative cover. Cover has some wear and soiling. Some edge soiling. Foreword by Frederick S. Dunn. A Note to the Reader. Illustrations. Footnotes. Abbreviations Used in the Footnotes. Bibliography. Index. Robert Joseph Charles Butow (March 19, 1924 – October 17, 2017) was a professor emeritus of Japanese history at the University of Washington in Seattle. An author of several books, he was a leading authority on Japan during World War II. Robert Butow was born in San Mateo, California. He attended Stanford University, where he was a member of the Army Reserve, and a student of the Japanese language. When his unit was activated, he was selected to attend the Army Japanese Language School. Butow served in the United States Army during the early months of the occupation of Japan in 1945 and 1946, and became interested in Japanese history and culture. He returned to Stanford. His doctoral thesis on the Japanese surrender (titled Japan's Decision to Surrender) was subsequently published as his first book. His next book, Tojo and the Coming of the War, was in part a biography of Hideki T j , the prime minister of Japan during most of World War II, in part an account of the political events in Japan that led to Japan's attack on the U.S., Britain, and Netherlands, and in part an account of the consequences of the War for Japan. His third book (The John Doe Associates) was about a group of Americans who tried to promote peace with Japan before 1941, but only ended up worsening relations between the two nations. Hideki Tojo (December 30, 1884 - December 23, 1948) was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army, the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the 40th Prime Minister of Japan during most of World War II, from October 17, 1941 to July 22, 1944. As Prime Minister, he was directly responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor, which initiated war between Japan and the United States, although planning for it had begun before he entered office. After the end of the war, Tojo was arrested, sentenced to death for Japanese war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, and was hanged on December 23, 1948, a week before his 64th birthday. This study of Japan's wartime Prime Minister is divided into three main parts: an introductory section on Tojo's early life and prewar career, a second part concerned with the critical period before Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, and four concluding chapters dealing with Japan's defeat and the war crimes trial in Tokyo. Condition: Good / No dust jacket issue.

Keywords: Hideki Tojo, Decision-Making, International Military Tribunal, Pearl Harbor, Nationalism, Yosuke Matsuoka, Fumimaro Konoe, Ayamaro Konoye, Koichi Kido, Cordell Hull, Foreign Policy, Hirohito

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