The Reluctant Combatant: Japan and the Second Sino-Japanese War
- Publish Date: 2014-04-15
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Kitamura Minoru;Lin Si-Yun
The Reluctant Combatant offers proof that Japanese political leaders were reluctant to engage China in a full-scale conflict during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This book identifies several key aspects of the political context surrounding the Second Sino-Japanese War, including the extreme fragility of the national united front against Japan, the view of Soviet Russia as Japans principal potential adversary, and the potential threat to Japanese national defense a protracted war with China would pose. This book reveals that the Communists, the National Government, local gentry, peasants, and bandits occasionally collaborated with the enemyJapanese troopsto expand their spheres of influence.