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Críticas: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe currently confronts a threat China poses in the South China Sea. Abe's ongoing task is to revise the postwar role of the Japanese military from a self-defense force to a traditional military establishment, especially the navy. Early in the 20th century, the Imperial Japanese Navy was one of the most formidable naval forces in the world, but few present-day readers are aware of the JMSDF, or Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. Patalano (King's College London) seeks to enlighten the public about the Japanese effort to create a new naval force relying on civilian control but capitalizing on JMSDF's imperial past. The author reveals how the military in Japan reinvented itself to meet the new realities of the postwar world. Although, as Patalano notes, elements in Japan kept those memories alive, it took a new breed of naval officers to integrate those traditions into the JMSDF. Patalano's excellent study will not disappoint those interested in contemporary Japanese naval history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. -- C. C. Lovett, Emporia State University, USA CHOICE Its focus on a navy's ethos is methodologically innovative and might well inform future studies of other navies. Its emphasis on the continuities between imperial, postwar, and contemporary Japan will enlighten historians of East Asia as well as those seeking to understand current international tensions in that region. ... Superb piece of scholarship. -- Roger Dingman, University of Southern California, USA Journal of Military History This book is truly remarkable and fills a great void. For a long time writing about any defense issue in postwar Japan was a taboo owing to the [often misunderstood] so-called "no war" postwar constitution of Japan. And even when that taboo receded, as it has although not completely, Japanese authors especially shied away from any linkage between the Imperial Army and Navy and the postwar Self-Defense Forces. Patalano's in-depth coverage of the influential writings of Messrs. Itou and the two Agawas is absolutely masterful. In a nutshell, he has written a most impressive contribution which advances previous scholarship on the linkage between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. James E. Auer, Director of the Auer U.S.-Japan Center and Professor Emeritus of Vanderbilt University, USA In his wide-ranging account of Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force since 1952, Dr Patalano shows its attempt to balance its heritage from the Imperial Navy with the ever-changing security needs of the Pacific in postwar decades. He covers the phases of its rearmament, modernization and dependence on (and later cooperation with) the US Navy and focuses on the contribution of Japan's large naval force to regional and international security in the post-Cold War years. Based on innovative research, this analysis is a highly relevant guide to the contemporary problems of the East Asian region. Ian Nish, Professor Emeritus of International History, the London School of Economics, UK Patalano synthesizes a sweeping array of previously unavailable Japanese archival resources, a broad reading of Japanese secondary sources, and numerous interviews of Japanese officers to provide by far the best available history of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. Today the Imperial Japanese Navy forms both the source of the fighting spirit and the professional model for the post-war navy, which unlike its predecessor is the senior, not junior military service. In other words, Japan has made the transition from continental to maritime power. S. C. M. Paine, William S. Sims Professor of History and Grand Strategy, U.S. Naval War College Alessio Patalano is one of the world's leading experts on the Japanese navy. In this sophisticated book, he departs from the usual 'battle history' format and shows the extent of the debt that today's Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force owes, both consciously and unconsciously to the notions and traditions of the old Imperial Japanese Navy. Given the tense situation in Northeast Asia at the moment, Japan's difficult relationship with a rising China and the acute political sensitivity in the region about Japan's role in the Second World War, few maritime matters could be so significant. They deserve the calm, dispassionate and authoritative review that Patalano provides. Geoff Till, Chairman of the Corbett Centre, Defence Studies Department, King's College London, UK Sophisticated, well sourced ... Post-war Japan As a Sea Power is a consequential and timely contribution to our understanding of postwar Japan's military and naval thought and traditions. -- Rotem Kowner, The University of Haifa, Israel Michigan War Studies Review
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