The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - History - 508 pages
When Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Tokyo harbor in July 1853, opening Japan to the West, a century and a half of economic, cultural, and occasionally violent clashes between Americans and Japanese began. Walter LaFeber, one of America's leading historians, has written the first book to tell the entire story behind the disagreements, tensions, and skirmishes between Japan -- a compact, homogenous, closely knit society terrified of disorder -- and America -- a sprawling, open-ended society that fears economic depression and continually seeks an international marketplace. Using both American and Japanese sources, LaFeber provides the history behind the vicissitudes of rearming Japan, the present-day tensions in U.S.-Japan trade talks, Japan's continuing importance in financing America's huge deficit, and both nations' drive to develop China -- a shadow that has darkened American-Japanese relations from the beginning. "Broad and deeply researched. . . . The Clash is beautifully written, with clear arguments and no irrelevancies."--Gaddis Smith, Boston Globe "[This] work will easily become the best history of U.S.-Japanese relations in any language."--Akira Iriye, professor of history, Harvard University "[LaFeber] succeeds brilliantly. . . . [W]ell-researched, meticulously sourced and highly readable."--Don Oberdorfer, Washington Post Book World
 

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Contents

The Appearance of the Americans
9
The Americans and the Birth of Modern Japan
23
Two Systems Two Imperialisms
40
Clash Over Hawaii
53
Yamagata Roosevelt and the RussoJapanese War
73
The First Clash
84
The Second Clash
92
Revolution War and Race 19121920
99
Truman and the Destruction of the Yalta System
239
The Double Shock and the End
246
Reforming Reversing
257
The Americans
270
The War for JapanA Gift of the Gods
283
The Pivotal Decade
296
A New Cold War
310
A Miracle Appears China Reappears 19601973
325

19141918
106
The Bitter Choice
116
From Washington
128
The 1924
144
They Still Need Usand That Is Probably What Annoys
153
Part 1 From Mukden
160
Takahashi Hull and the Race Between Trade and Politics
174
Wars and Actors
182
The CoProsperity Sphere
191
Pearl Harbor
197
The Clash Over Two Visions
214
The Failure of the Japanese Machine
223
The Enemy Begins to Replace
231
Kennedy Ikeda and the Illusion of Equal Partnership
332
Johnson Sato and Vietnam
338
Nixon and Satoor Trading with the Enemy
348
The End of an Era Since 1973
359
From RonYasu
370
to Relations Have Not Been So Low Since 1960
379
A Case Study of the Clash
385
The Present in Retrospect
396
Notes
407
Bibliography
461
Acknowledgments
481
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Walter LaFeber (1933--2021) was professor of history at Cornell University and the author of The Clash, winner of the 1998 Bancroft Prize, and Inevitable Revolutions.

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