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November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

Japan at War and Peace, 1930-1949: U.S. State Department Records on the Internal Affairs of Japan

Summary
Japan’s progression toward a democratic system faced economic and political pressures, during which expansionism and militarization became increasingly influential.

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Date Range: 1930-1949
Content:
54,489 pages
Source Library:
U.S. National Archives

Description
Japan emerged from the 19th century as Asia’s first industrialized nation, embracing the concept of a market economy and adopting Western forms of capitalism.

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During the 20th century’s early decades, the parliamentary government was not rooted deeply enough to withstand the economic and political pressures of the 1930s. Military leaders became increasingly influential and led the nation into a series of military conflicts that culminated in the almost total destruction of the nation during World War II.

Japan at War and Peace, 1930-1949: U.S. State Department Records on the Internal Affairs of Japan delivers essential and unique documentation to support scholarly research on international politics, history and economics, as well as providing a vivid picture of a country’s drift toward war and recovery.

Japan at War and Peace, 1930-1949: U.S. State Department Records on the Internal Affairs of Japan
The U.S. State Department Central Classified Files are the definitive source of American diplomatic reporting on political, military, social and economic developments throughout the world.

This collection of classified files relating to internal and foreign affairs contains thousands of documents from U.S. diplomats, including:

  • Special reports on political and military affairs
  • Studies and statistics on socioeconomic matters
  • Interviews and minutes of meetings with foreign government officials
  • Court proceedings and other legal documents
  • Full texts of letters, instructions and cables sent and received by U.S. personnel
  • Reports and translations from foreign journals and newspapers
  • Translations of high-level foreign government documents, including speeches, memoranda, official reports and transcripts of political meetings and assemblies 

Primary source content covers such topics as:

  • Rise of Bolshevism and radicalism
  • Sino-Japanese war and the home front
  • Intellectual trends
  • Trade and tariffs
  • Labor development and unrest
  • Rise of the Zaibatsu
  • Japanese military doctrine and Bushido
  • Prince Konoe and the War in China
  • Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Economic markets in China and Southeast Asia
  • Japanese research in nuclear energy
  • Establishment of Occupation Government
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