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Economic Interdependence and War$
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Dale C. Copeland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161587

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161587.001.0001

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The Russian Problem and the Onset of the Pacific War, March−December 1941

The Russian Problem and the Onset of the Pacific War, March−December 1941

(p.184) Chapter Five The Russian Problem and the Onset of the Pacific War, March−December 1941
Economic Interdependence and War

Dale C. Copeland

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the nine months leading up to the attack on the United States on December 7, 1941. It begins with a look at US–Japanese talks in spring 1941. The chapter then explores why the US–Japanese agreement fell apart in late June 1941, after which it examines Roosevelt and US secretary of state Cordell Hull's willingness to restart talks with Tokyo in late August and their subsequent suspension of the talks in early September. Finally, the chapter discusses the last three months of peace and aborted final round of negotiations in late November 1941. It shows that US officials were highly aware that Japan's desperate economic situation, caused by the American oil embargo, was driving Tokyo into war.

Keywords:   Pacific War, World War II, US–Japanese relations, Japanese economy, American oil embargo

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