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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2019 9:35 p.m. PST

"While the United States was still struggling to emerge from the Great Depression at the end of the 1930s, and would do so partly because of the war, Japan had emerged from its own period of depression, which had begun in 1926, by the mid-1930s. Many of the young soldiers mobilized into the Japanese army by the early 1930s came from the rural areas, where the effects of the depression were devastating and poverty was widespread. Their commitment to the military effort to expand Japanese territory to achieve economic security can be understood partly in these terms. The depression ended in the mid-1930s in Japan partly because of government deficits used to expand greatly both heavy industry and the military.

Internationally, this was a time when "free trade" was in disrepute. The great powers not only jealously protected their special economic rights within their colonies and spheres of influence, but sought to bolster their sagging economies through high tariffs, dumping of goods, and other trade manipulation. The Japanese, with few natural resources, sought to copy this pattern. They used cutthroat trade practices to sell textiles and other light industrial goods in the East Asian and U.S. markets, severely undercutting British and European manufacturers. They also developed sources of raw materials and heavy industry in the colonies they established in Korea, Taiwan and Manchuria. Japan used high tariffs to limit imports of American and European industrial products…."
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Legion 409 Mar 2019 7:56 a.m. PST

The WWII Japanese were a very good example of rabid Imperialism with a big dose of racism … Of course they were not alone with that description.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2019 11:42 a.m. PST

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Fred Cartwright10 Mar 2019 5:59 a.m. PST

Of course they were not alone with that description.

There weren't many western countries without colonies in 1939, including the US of course. As for racism that was widespread too. Wasn't there a saying in certain parts of the US at the time that only good n****r was a dead n****r?

Legion 410 Mar 2019 10:20 a.m. PST

Yes, Fred … I know that … I study history too. evil grin And live in the USA. Where I was born in 1956. That is why I said "Of course they were not alone with that description."


Didn't think I should list all who fit that criteria. It would be a very, very, very long list. huh?

Wasn't there a saying in certain parts of the US at the time that only good n****r was a dead n****r?
I think that saying was originally said about the Native Americans, i.e. Indians/"Amerians". Regardless, today that is considered very unacceptable, etc., as we all know. For many good reasons. But as we also know, some still currently say that and similar or worse. And it's not only in the USA, etc. …

However, I can not be held responsible for how others thought in the past or what they said. huh? No one really can … grin

Fred Cartwright10 Mar 2019 6:00 p.m. PST

However, I can not be held responsible for how others thought in the past or what they said. huh? No one really can … grin

I am not suggesting that you should. I was merely pointing out that a feeling of racial superiority was pretty much universal across white western countries as was colonialism. However only the Japanese and Germans launched aggressive wars of conquest in the mid 20th Century. The racism was not the cause of the wars, but perhaps had an influence on how they were prosecuted. The cause was both cultures had militaristic backgrounds and both countries felt left out of the colonial club, Germany losing its colonies as a result of losing WW1 and Japan, despite being on the winning side, not getting anything from the post war carve up.

Legion 411 Mar 2019 7:11 a.m. PST

Yes, I agree with that. And as we see today and in the recent past. Hatred for ethnic, religious, racial, etc., reasons is still very much around.

E.g. ISIS, Neo-Nazis, the former Yugoslavia, places in Africa, the Mid East, A'stan, etc., etc. Again, very few clean hands and many more shades of grey …

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