History Department

The Reluctant Crusade

"Out of the ashes of its defeat in World War II, Japan arose to become the foremost economic power in East Asia and a major player on the world economic stage. How did it do this? This work provides a concise summary and analysis of Japan's emergence as a global economic power. This guide discusses the growth of Japan as an unconventional global power based on the strength of its economy and the softening of its economy in the 1990s. Six topical essays are supported by a timeline of events in postwar Japan, biographical profiles of key players, the text of important primary documents, a glossary of terms, and an annotated bibliography." --Japan's Emergence as Global Power (2000)