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Architects of OccupationAmerican Experts and Planning for Postwar Japan$
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Dayna L. Barnes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703089

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703089.001.0001

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The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men

The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men

(p.167) Conclusion The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men
Architects of Occupation

Dayna L. Barnes

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter argues that American wartime planning aimed to identify and serve U.S. interests in East Asia. The early postwar period would be marked by harsh military occupation and forced disarmament, but in the longer run Japanese cooperation was tied to hope and prosperity through the promise of international trade. This offered a solution to end Japanese aggression and imperialism, to the benefit of Japan's neighbors. However, that solution was influenced by Anglo-American imperial rhetoric and effectively replaced Japanese hegemony in East Asia with American. Given that plans were made during a brutal war that Japan had started, the attempt to find shared American and Japanese interests was practical but also generous.

Keywords:   American wartime planning, postwar period, military occupation, Japanese cooperation, international trade, imperialism, Japanese hegemony

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