These documents also illustrate several possibilities that hindered the compromise between US and Japan and eventually lead towards the Pacific War.The second part of the book consists of ten different essays and research papers that were developed by some of the prominent scholars and world affairs experts. These articles demonstrate the perceptions and opinions of these experts and scholars regarding the background causes of Pacific war. This part also contains an essay written by Akira himself in which he attempted to examine the role of different countries in the context of Pacific war. Akira explains how different powers like UK, Commonwealth, Germany and USSR etc foster the political negotiation process and made their historical contributions towards the development of Pacific war background by applying pressure or facilitating the negotiation process. Furthermore, the author describes the perspective of US and Japan regarding the outbreak of Pacific War. The other essays focus on different countries and explain their standpoint regarding the war. For instance, Minoru Nomura and Katsumi Usui discussed the entire situation from the Japanese perspective. The article of David Kahn, a US historian, on the other hand, discusses some of the failures of the American military during the Pacific war. A Brief History of Pearl Harbor and the Coming of the Pacific War by Akira Iriye - Book Summary.
Work CitedAkira Iriye (1999), Pearl Harbor and the Coming of the Pacific War: A Brief History with Documents and Essays (The Bedford Series in History and Culture), Boston: Bedford Books
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