Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941

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Naval Institute Press, 1997 - History - 661 pages
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One of the great spectacles of modern naval history is the Imperial Japanese Navy's instrumental role in Japan's rise from an isolationist feudal kingdom to a potent military empire stridently confronting, in 1941, the world's most powerful nation. Years of painstaking research and analysis of previously untapped Japanese-language resources have produced this remarkable history of the navy's dizzying development, tactical triumphs, and humiliating defeat. Unrivaled in its breadth of coverage and attention to detail, this important new study explores the foreign and indigenous influences on the navy's thinking about naval warfare and how to plan for it. Focusing primarily on the much-neglected period between the world wars, David C. Evans and Mark R. Peattie, two widely esteemed historians, persuasively explain how the Japanese failed to prepare properly for the war in the Pacific despite an arguable advantage in capability.
  

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Review: Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941

User Review  - Willie - Goodreads

So to summarize, the Japanese had a plan for a war that was really a plan for a battle. A plan in which the US react the way the Japanese predicted and not deviate in any way. There was also willful ... Read full review

Review: Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941

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Outstanding in both scope and readability, this brilliant volume covers the entire history of the Imperial Japanese Navy from the moment Perry's Black Ships entered Tokyo Bay and opened Japan to the ... Read full review

Contents

Creating a Modern Navy
1
First Success
32
Preparing for Battle
52
h Travail and Triumph
94
Toward an EightEight Fleet
152
Y Using a Few to Conquer Many
199
Outranging the Enemy
238
Q To Strike from the Sky
299
The Battle of the Shipyards
353
l Behind the Fleet
391
Uneven Weapons
424
the Japanese Navy 193 71941
447
Epilogue
487
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

David C. Evans was a professor of history at the University of Richmond and edited The Japanese Navy in World War II. He died in 1999.

Mark R. Peattie is professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He is the author of several books including, Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941.

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