The Reluctant Combatant offers proof that Japanese political leaders were reluctant to engage China in a full-scale conflict during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This book reveals that the Communists, the National Government, local gentry, peasants, and bandits occasionally collaborated with the enemy-Japanese troops-to expand their spheres of influence.
Publisher: University Press of America
Number of pages: 140
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 231 x 154 x 10 mm
The mainstream view on the Second Sino-Japanese War is that Imperial Japan was bent on destroying China, and the rest of Asia, for purely selfish reasons. However, careful analysis of the global situation, particularly of the social and political development of China and the attitudes of the Chinese leadership, indicates that the Chinese were not the innocent victims of `aggression' as is currently claimed. -- Terumasa Nakanishi, Kyoto University
Authors Kitamura and Lin recount the circumstances that ultimately lead to the Second Sino-Japanese War, demonstrating that the war was neither a Japanese `brutal war of aggression' or that China was a `helpless' victim. -- Haruo Tohmatsu, Tamagawa University, Tokyo