The American Occupation of Japan by Michael Schaller
The Origins of the Cold War in Asia

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In this novel and intriguing book, Michael Schaller traces the origins of the Cold War in Asia to the postwar occupation of Japan by U.S. troops. Determined to secure Japan as a bulwark against both Soviet expansion and Asian revolution, the U.S. instituted ambitious social and economic reforms under the direction of the flamboyant Occupation Commander, General Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur was later denounced by the Truman Administration as a "bunko artist" who had wrecked Japan's economy and opened it to Communist influence, and power was shifted to Japan's old elite. Cut off from its former trading partners, which were now all Communist-controlled, Japan, with U.S. backing, turned its attention to the rich but unstable Southeast Asian states. The stage was thus set for U.S. intervention in China, Korea, and Vietnam.

About Michael Schaller

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Michael Schaller, Professor History at the University of Arizona, is author of The U.S. Crusade in China, 1938-45 and The U.S. and China in the Twentieth Century.
Published November 14, 1985 by Oxford University Press. 374 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Under a mildly misleading title, a superb analysis of the development, directions and confusions of US Pacific-basin policy toward Japan, the Soviet Union, China and Southeast Asia in the era immediately after WW II and later.

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