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Japan's Road to Pearl Harbor with Dr. Gavin Campbell

Japan's Road to Pearl Harbor with Dr. Gavin Campbell


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The December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor remains a landmark in American history. But what did this day look like in Japan? And why did Japanese policy makers, diplomats and military leaders take such an extraordinary risk?

This seminar tells the story of Pearl Harbor from the Japanese point of view. We begin by exploring Japan’s growing imperial ambitions in the early decades of the twentieth century, before turning to the tumultuous decades of the 1920s and 1930s as the Japanese debated the kind of society they wanted to build. Then we turn to the ultimate root of Japan’s war with the US: a series of political crises at home and a military quagmire in China that left Japan increasingly frantic and isolated. From this fascinating tangle of stories arose the idea that one solution was to wage war on the United States.

Led by an expert on Japanese history and culture, Gavin Campbell, this Conversation explores the Pearl Harbor attack and its origins from the Japanese perspective. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of why Japanese policy makers decided to risk it all on a Sunday morning in Hawaii. 

Gavin received a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and came to Kyoto in 2001. He is a Ph.D. professor of history at Doshisha University. His teaching and research revolve around Japan's cultural encounters with the West, particularly during the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods (1600-1940), and he has published on the history of foreign tourism and of Protestant missionaries in Japan. To further explore Japan's global cultural encounters, he is currently writing a book on the history of Japanese menswear from the 1600s through the early 20th century. He is also an expert on Kyoto geisha culture and a frequent participant in geisha entertainment.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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J (Vancouver, CA)

An excellent and measured look at the buildup to Pearl Harbour.

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Dorothy Fue Wong (Los Angeles, US)
Outstanding Presentation

Dr. Campbell presented an outstanding analysis of the multiple and complex factors that led to Japan’s invasion of Pearl Harbor. It is an important contribution for those who are interested in Japanese history and culture. This presentation is particularly powerful. with Dr. Campbell’s many photo’s and video’s of that historic period.

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Laura (Wichita, US)
Another great presentation by Dr. Gavin Campbell

Great amount of information with chronology easy to follow. But as always there is subtle "entertainment. I would sign up for any of his presentations: information, well-put together ina fashion that keeps you interested. AND...obviously, he loves the subject and therefore has spent much time putting it together for us and for himself.

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Marty h (New York, US)
Japan1941

Always enjoy Dr. CAMPBELL'S informative and excellent cultural and historical perspectives on Japan. Will always sign up for his webinars.

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Based on 4 reviews
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J
J (Vancouver, CA)

An excellent and measured look at the buildup to Pearl Harbour.

D
Dorothy Fue Wong (Los Angeles, US)
Outstanding Presentation

Dr. Campbell presented an outstanding analysis of the multiple and complex factors that led to Japan’s invasion of Pearl Harbor. It is an important contribution for those who are interested in Japanese history and culture. This presentation is particularly powerful. with Dr. Campbell’s many photo’s and video’s of that historic period.

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Laura (Wichita, US)
Another great presentation by Dr. Gavin Campbell

Great amount of information with chronology easy to follow. But as always there is subtle "entertainment. I would sign up for any of his presentations: information, well-put together ina fashion that keeps you interested. AND...obviously, he loves the subject and therefore has spent much time putting it together for us and for himself.

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Marty h (New York, US)
Japan1941

Always enjoy Dr. CAMPBELL'S informative and excellent cultural and historical perspectives on Japan. Will always sign up for his webinars.