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The Fateful Years, Japan's Adventure in the Philippines, 1941-1945

Agoncillo, Teodoro A.

Published by R. P. Garcia, Quezon City, Philippines, 1965
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2 volume set. xvi, 1075 p. Includes: illustrations, maps, index. Notes. From Wikipedia: "Teodoro Andal Agoncillo (October 9, 1912 January 14, 1985) was a 20th-century Filipino historian. He was among the first Filipino historians renowned for promoting a distinctly nationalist point of view of Filipino history. He was named National Scientist of the Philippines in 1985 for his distinguished contributions in the field of history. Agoncillo was also among the few academics who held the rank of University Professor, an academic rank given to outstanding faculty members with specialization in more than one of the traditional academic domains at the University of the Philippines Diliman." From WikiPhilpinaS: "Opening his study of the Japanese occupation with a brief survey of Japan's rise to power, the author sketches the events of 1941, which ultimately led to Pearl Harbor, with the bold strokes of a trained painter. He narrates and describes the steps taken by the American and Philippine governments to prepare the Filipinos for a total war that nobody liked but which everybody feared would come with an impact of tremendous proportions. Basing his account of the war years mostly on the primary sources and on his personal observation and experience, Mr. Agoncillo portrays in vivid narrative the fall of Bataan and Corregidor, the passion and cavalry of the USAFFE, and the tragic life of Camp O'Donnell. Although narrating and describing the events from the Filipino viewpoint, he nevertheless tries to understand the other-side and gives credit where it is due. Volume One of the study delineates the rise of Japan to a great power, from the war with China in 1894 to the so-called China incident in 1937; the diplomatic maneuvers that failed to prevent Pearl Harbor; the debacle at Bataan and the reduction of Corregidor; the Japanese attempts to fashion a Filipino government responsive to their needs; the Japanese impositions, severity, and unfriendly conduct toward the Filipinos; the educational and religious re-orientation of the Filipinos under Japanese auspices; the birth of the Republic with Japanese samurai swords over its head; and Filipino responses to Japanese acts and ideological propaganda. In the second volume, Mr. Agoncillo discusses the social and economical condition of the country; the cultural aspects of the occupation; the underground movement; the controversy in Washington D.C. Over the presidential succession; the flight of the Laurel government; and the return of the liberation of forces. In assessing the Japanese adventure in the Philippines during the fateful years 1941-1945, Mr. Agoncillo explains its tragic features as basically rooted in the failure of the Japanese to understand the implications of the Philippine history and the psychology of the Filipinos." Fair in fair dust jacket. DJ has some wear, soiling edge tears and chips. Boards somewhat bowed. Sticker residue at bottom spine of second volume--no ex-library markings noted. Bookseller Inventory # 70175

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Title: The Fateful Years, Japan's Adventure in the ...

Publisher: R. P. Garcia, Quezon City, Philippines

Publication Date: 1965

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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