Japan and World War II
This section will deal with aspects of World War II as it relates to Japan. Some of the material is controversial and some is blatantly racist. Some images will be upsetting, but this is all being presented as a historical examination of war and American attitudes towards the Japanese during World War II. There will be reviews of books, along with a synopsis of many of the books. There will also be references to speeches and various documents.
Some items will be short synopses of articles from the excellent World War II magazine.
Because this section has become so large, I am going to split it up into sub-sections. Each link will take you to a page with other links on it.
This section will not, though, cover the Japanese-American Internment Camps. That material is covered here.
NOTE: Some of the media material contains very racist content. Some of the images could also be upsetting. This material is here for historical purposes only, and is not meant in any way, shape or form to condone the (incredibly stupid) racist concepts contained in some of the materials. This section will have entries on magazines, books, DVDs, and other materials.
100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Alternative Histories (fiction)
American Industry and the War
American Military in General
American Culture and the War
Bombing and Firebombing of Japan
Comics that are War Related
FDR, Fireside Chats and other material
Japanese Attacks on the US Mainland during WWII
Japan during the war
Japanese Military and Militarism
Japanese Prisoner-of-War Camps
Near the end of the War, and Japan's surrender, and after
The Planned Invasion of Japan
Posters dealing with World War II and Japan
Propaganda and the Media (both US and Japanese)
Rape of Nanking and other Atrocities
Specific Battles and Battle Areas
War Crime Trials and Related Topics
Short essays on Japan and the war that I have done
World War II Trading Cards
Note on Scholarship
There have been some people writing to me, wanting to know what book and what page of that book I found a particular quote or other piece of information in, and could I send that to them. In many parts of my pages I do, indeed, have specific sources listed, but in many I don't.
This is an informal site. I am not doing a thesis or anything like that. I examine literally hundreds of books (as is shown in my reviews) and thousands of pages of documents to find information for this site.
I don't record what exact book or page any particular section of information comes from. My attempt is to examine lots of sources of information and then, holistically, boil these down to basic information that I then put on my website.
Below are some of the specific sources I consulted for my work on these web pages. Can I tell you where a specific image on a specific page came from? Probably not. As I noted above, this was just an informal research project for me and is not related to any specific academic purpose other than my own interest in the subject.
Densho Digital Archive: http://archive.densho.org/main.aspx. This place has everything you would want dealing with Japanese Americans, World War II, and the internment. It took me several years just to go through their material on the internment.
History House: http://www.historyhouse.com/
Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/movies
Japan Center for Asian Historical Records: http://www.jacar.go.jp/english/index.html
Manzanar National Historical Site: http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/exhibits/manz/index.html.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: http://www.mofa.go.jp/
National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/index.html. A source with a massive wealth of photos and other information from that time.
Project Gutenberg: http://www.thalasson.com/gtn/. A source of older works on the subject. Do not ignore these; often older works will have information not present in the newer ones, or at least will present a different slant on things.
There are numerous videos on You Tube that deal with the Pacific Theater and with the Japanese American Internment Camps.
Ebay is an excellent place to find useful books and videos. There are various collections available that deal with posters from the war, with the war itself, with propaganda, etc. Half.com is a decent place to find books and some movies on the subject, and Bonanzle also has materials relating to the topic.
A great deal of my information came from getting books from these sources and from the public library. Some information came from old American and Japanese magazines, both.
My war-related videos on You Tube
WWII Trading Card Set
America Attacks Trading Card set
Private Snafu I
Private Snafu II
Hirohito: God Emperor or War Criminal?
World War II Posters Part I
World War II Posters Part II
World War II Cartoons-Racism Present
Japan main page
Japanese-American Internment Camps index page
Japan and World War II index page