This week, we’ll be discussing domestic developments in Japan, and the path by which a reasonably (if not totally) liberal democracy in the 1910s and 1920s morphed into a military dictatorship in the 1930s. We’ll talk about the various means by which the military grew its influence, and how it was able to use violence to cow the civilian government.Listen to the episode here.
Drea, Edward. Japan’s Imperial Army: It’s Rise and Fall, 1853-1945.
Humphreys, Leonard. The Way of the Heavenly Sword: The Imperial Japanese Army in the 1920s.
Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan.
Pyle, Kenneth. Japan Rising.
Young, Louise. Japan’s Total Empire: Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism.
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