The China Incident

Igniting the Second Sino-Japanese War

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In 1937, Japan blundered into a debilitating war with China, beginning with a minor incident near Peking (now Beijing) that quickly escalated. The Japanese won significant battles and captured the capital, Nanking, after a horrific massacre of its citizens. Chiang Kai-shek, China’s acknowledged leader, would not surrender—each side believed it could win a war of attrition. The U.S. sided with China, primarily because of President Roosevelt’s personal bias in their favor. At first proposing an ineffectual “quarantine” approach to Japan, he eventually took active steps to block Japanese aggression. Drawing on a wealth of sources including interviews with key players, from soldiers to diplomats, this history traces America’s unexpected and unpopular involvement in an Asian conflict, and the growing recognition of Japan’s threat to world peace and the inevitability of war.

About the Author(s)

G. William Whitehurst served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He began his teaching career in 1950, at the Norfolk Division of William & Mary, the forerunner of Old Dominion University. In 1968 he was elected to the Ninety-First Congress as the Representative for the Second District of Virginia. A Republican, he served until his retirement from the House in January 1987. On retiring from Congress, he returned to Old Dominion University to resume his academic career and is currently the Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs. He teaches courses in both history and political science.

Bibliographic Details

G. William Whitehurst
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8233-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4135-5
Imprint: McFarland