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Papers of the Anglo-Japanese Conference on the History of the Second World War
This collection of papers, selected from those given at the Anglo-Japanese Conference held in London in 1979, focuses on British and Japanese views of the events leading up to, during and immediately after the Second World War. 'Paired' chapters on the same period, one by a Japanese scholar, one by a British, illustrate the differing perspectives on the same events, and the long period of time covered allows the collection to demonstrate how greatly each country's view of the other changed with the changes in the international situation. The three sections cover the negotiations between Britain and Japan in the long run-up to the war, the activities of the two countries during the conflict, their planning for the post-war Far East and the actual relationship that emerged. Since the papers are grounded in the archives of both countries, the study is a pioneering and fascinating exploration of Anglo-Japanese relations during this period.