"Lessons from 60 Years Ago"

Perry, James D.
October 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Oct2005, Vol. 131 Issue 10, p60
Conference Proceeding
This article focuses on the lessons on war. Casualties and destruction are admittedly regrettable, but victory and defeat nevertheless create clearly distinguishable postwar environments for the participants. To appreciate this, just consider what postwar Europe would have looked like after German victory in either conflict. The postwar economic successes of Germany and Japan hardly validate. It is asserted that culture and ideology play large roles in decisions for war and peace, but this explanation for why Japan declared war in 1941 and sued for peace in 1945 are entirely consistent with rational actor theory.


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