End of Empire

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Kimberly Zhang End of Empire Reading Japan’s Expanding War 1. Japan’s public and private reasons for expanding its empire into South Asia and Southeast Asia between 1940-44 a. Japan was living beyond its means b. Impact of European war on price of key commodities proved disastrous for economy, already struggling to keep pace with rising military consumption in Chian c. Plans to increase output hit by doubling in price of iron, shortage of good-quality coal for making steel i. America dominated iron, aluminum, nickel d. Imperial Japanese Army held that withdrawal from China was an unreasonable price to pay for these essential items despite FDR’s anger e. Japan launched new offensive in early 1940s to breach Ynagzi gorges and advance on Chiang Kai-shek’s headquarters in Chongqing 2. German defeat of Holland, France in 1940-41 a. Army leaders resolved to capture oil, tin, rubber available from weakened colonies in South-East Asia 3. Thailand allied with Japan a. Ally made of Thailand by supporting claims for territory appropriated in 19 th century by France b. Luang Phibunsongkhram, prime minister, admired Mussolini and Hitler, changed country’s name from Siam to Thailand in 1939 as token of its rebirth as an authoritarian power
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2009 for the course 220 242 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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