Siena Heights University’s Nancy Seligmann was a contributing editor of the newly released book “Imperial Japan’s World War II: 1931-1945,” by author Werner Gruhl.
Seligmann, chair of the English Department at Siena Heights, “contributed significantly to a more understandable and readable book,” according to the author’s acknowledgements.
According to the publisher, the book documents why Japan’s aggression in World War II still touches deep emotions with East Asians and Western ex-prisoners of war, and why there is justifiable sensitivity to the way modern Japan has dealt with this legacy. Gruhl takes the view that World War II started in 1931 when Japan, crowded and poor in raw materials but with a sense of military invincibility, saw empire as her salvation and invaded China.
Gruhl offers a survey and synthesis of the historical literature and documentation, statistical data, as well as personal interviews and first-hand accounts to provide a comprehensive overview analysis, according to the publisher. The sequence of diplomatic and military events leading to Pearl Harbor, as well as those leading to the U.S. decision to drop the atom bomb, are explored here as well as Japan’s war crimes and postwar revisionist/apologist views regarding them. This book will be of intense interest to Asian specialists, and those concerned with human rights issues in a historical context, according to the publisher.
Gruhl is former chief of NASA’s Cost and Economic Analysis Branch with a lifetime interest in the study of the First and Second World Wars.
The 254-page book is available from Transaction Publishing at a cost of $39.95.