"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
“Superbly researched and lucidly written.” — Journal of World History
Now in paperback for the first time, this classic history of WWII was a recipient of the Society for Military History’s 1999 Distinguished Book Award. It documents the Imperial Japanese Navy’s instrumental role in Japan’s rise from an isolationist feudal kingdom to a potent military empire. Unrivaled in its breadth and attention to detail, this important history explores the foreign and indigenous influences on the Japanese navy’s thinking about naval warfare.
David C. Evans was a professor of history at the University of Richmond and edited The Japanese Navy in World War II. He died in 1999. 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.