Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941
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Published:September 15, 2012
By David C. Evans (Editor), Mark R. Peattie (Author)

"The Story of Japan's rise and fall as a great power is well known, as is the design history of her warships.  This book, a reprint of the award-winning 1997 hardback, has a greater compass, using the scarce Japanese records to study how and why a recently feudal nation came to challenge the United States.  Evans and Peattie offer a full, rounded history of the IJN as a fighting force in the decades before the Second World War.  The authors trace foreign and indigenous influences on strategy and tactics in detail." — Warship 2014< One of the great spectacles of modern naval history is the Imperial Japanese Navy's instrumental role in Japan's rise from an isolationist feudal kingdom to a potent military empire stridently confronting, in 1941, the world's most powerful nation. Years of painstaking research and analysis of previously untapped Japanese-language resources have produced this remarkable study of the navy's dizzying development, tactical triumphs, and humiliating defeat. Unrivaled in its breadth of coverage and attention to detail, this important new history explores the foreign and indigenous influences on the navy's thinking about naval warfare and how to plan for it. Focusing primarily on the much-neglected period between the world wars, two widely esteemed historians persuasively explain how the Japanese failed to prepare properly for the war in the Pacific despite an arguable advantage in capability. Maintaining the highest literary standards and supplemented by a dazzling array of charts, diagrams, drawings, and photographs, this landmark work provides much important information not available in any other English-language source. Consciously avoiding the Eurocentric bias of conventional military scholarship, David Evans and Mark Peattie make a unique contribution to naval historiography that will be prized by serious historians and casual readers alike and that promises to spark debate within the academic community.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Strategy, Tactics, Operations
  • Paperback : 696 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 15, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 159114244X
  • ISBN-13: 9781591142447
  • Product Dimensions: 7 X 10 in
  • Shipping Weight: 49.6 oz
  • “Superbly researched and lucidly written.” — Journal of World History

David C. Evans (1940-1999) served in the U.S. Navy as an ensign and a lieutenant (junior grade), USNR. He taught history at the University of Virginia and was the associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He is the co-author of Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941, published by the Naval Institute Press.

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Mark R. Peattie is professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is the author of several books including, Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909–1941.

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KAIGUN - Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy 1887-1941
Thursday, May 31, 2012
By: Christian Downward
Outstanding! I read the book as part of my class assignment at the Navy War College. The book provided a great understanding of how the Japanese went from being a Land Power nation to being the 3rd largest navy in the world and then lost it all. The Japanese had the international relationships with many European powers and the U.S. to build up its nation, to train their military, and to support a modern navy. The book also explains that while the other world powers put all their sea power focus into the battleships the Japanese were looking for an edge; they knew they couldn't be an industrial power like the U.S. so they had to be more creative and smart that’s why the Japanese looked at the advantages of naval aviation. The book also tells of how the Japanese used multiple aircraft carriers to work together with their battleship fleets. This was a new concept for that time period. Although I included other information from other sources for my paper this book was the primary resource for knowledge. Great read, easy to understand.


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