Description - Britain, Japan and Pearl Harbour by Antony Best
Recent controversies about Pearl Harbour have highlighted the need for a new assessment of British Policy towards Japan during the period leading up to the Pacific War. Britain and Japan and Pearl Harbour is a revisionist account of British efforts to avert conflict with Japan between the signing of the Anti-Comintern Pact of 1936 and the outbreak of war in December 1942. Anthony Best describes and assesses British policy towards East Asia in its global context, particularly in relation to the ever-worsening situation in Europe, and demonstrates how the breadth of British responsibilities and interest limited her options. In a broader sense, he stresses the economic roots of the Pacific War, and examines the motivation behind the consistent failure to meet Japan's economic complaints and the decisions to initiate economic sanctions against Japan in 1940-41. This is the most comprehensive study so far of British policy towards East Asia in this period. It illustrates the extent of British weakness in the region and the degree to which the constant need to appease American opinion hampered Britain's ability to achieve an understanding with Japan.
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