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The Currents of WarA New History of American-Japanese Relations, 1899-1941$
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Sidney L. Pash

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813144238

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813144238.001.0001

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All or Nothing

All or Nothing

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(p.217) Chapter 8 All or Nothing
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The Currents of War
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Sidney Pash

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813144238.003.0009

The book’s final chapter, All or Nothing, considers how the shift from containment to rollback brought on the war that neither America nor Japan sought. Chapter 8 begins with Hideki Tojo’s selection as prime minister and then moves on to the formulation of Japan’s final two diplomatic proposals, the Roosevelt administration’s view of both as modi vivendi, Harry Dexter White’s last-minute peace plan, and Hull’s decision to reject these options in the so-called Hull Note of November 26. This chapter asserts that although Cordell Hull did not deliberately seek war with Japan, he believed that the Tojo cabinet was committed to foreign expansion and therefore saw any last-minute compromise as either illusory or dangerous.

Keywords:   Hideko Tojo, Harry Dexter White, Winston Churchill, modus vivendi, Plans A and B, Saburo Kurusu, Hull Note, Conclusion

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