Hirohito's War: The Pacific War 1941 - 1945

Many Americans fail to recognize the scale of the conflict in the Pacific during World War II, says Francis Pike, a British historian and author of Hirohito’s War. He offers a new perspective on the American-Japanese conflict. Pike says the Pacific conflict was not simply an "add on" to the war in Europe. Record numbers of deaths for the United States and Japan happened in the Pacific. The conflict accounted for 20% of total casualties during World War II. Pike explores the role of Japanese Emperor Hirohito and dives deep into the underlying conflict of the war in an effort to provide a balanced interpretation of both Western and Japanese perspectives.  




Speakers: Francis Pike
Festival: 2015

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