From Library Journal
The Sino-Japanese War was a principal source of tension between Washington and Tokyo in 1941, when the U.S. demand that Japan give up the fruits of its victory on the mainland led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the transformation of a local conflict into the Asian phase of World War II. Descriptive accounts of the war are available, but analytical studies like this are scarce and welcome. Twelve essays by Western and Chinese writers plumb a wealth of recent Chinese-language sources from both Taiwan and the mainland to elucidate a wide range of subjects that include but go far beyond traditional inquiries into the conflict's military dimensions. Noteworthy essays cover the wartime economy, judicial reform, literature and art, and China's scientific elite. Editor Hsiung's concluding chapter emphasizes the role that historical memories play in contemporary Sino-Japanese relations. A little heavy for the general reader, this valuable book will greatly interest specialists in modern Asian history.- John H. Boyle, California State Univ., Chico
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