IMPERIAL JAPAN'S PATH TO WORLD WAR II ©
Text and Web-site by James Bowen, Convener, Pacific War Historical Society. Web-site established May 2002 and last updated 14 May 2010.
To understand how Japan came to wage war on the United States and Australia in 1941, it is necessary first to trace the path taken by Japan to World War II, and the manner in which it became a partner of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy in a partnership for world domination by military aggression.
An examination of Japan's history prior to World War II reveals a disturbing picture of ingrained militarism, authoritarian rule, and a citizenry conditioned to obedience to authority.
Japanese troops believed that the Samurai spirit made them
invincible. Here they scream their battle cry "banzai".
Japan's territorial expansion in East Asia 1875-1930
Japan's military aggression in East Asia, 1931-1937
Japan prepares for war with Great Britain and the United States, 1938-1941
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